Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyA crisp photo-essay tours homes, churches and workshops in a small New Mexico town, as Hoyt-Goldsmith and Migdale explore the rituals, customs and folk arts surrounding Las Posadas. While Tomie dePaola's story (reviewed above) is a more charming introduction to the holiday, this fills in the details and facts thoughtfully and personably. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy RowenThis photoessay describes the celebration of Las Posadas in a small New Mexico community. Las Posadas reenacts Joseph and Mary's arrival in Bethlehem and their search for shelter. It is celebrated for nine evenings, hosted by a different family every night. Food and music abound. Through the text and photographs, we follow Kristen Lucero and her family; Kristen will portray Mary during one of the nights of the celebration. We also learn about traditional crafts such as woodcarvings of saints. A recipe for a type of cookie is included, but it unfortunately includes an ingredient most readers would be hard pressed to find--chokecherry juice. Other than this small quibble, the book is a wonderful introduction to a joyous celebration. Index and glossary included.
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