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Bienvenidos! to a celebration of Christmas, Latino-style! From the ngel (angel) hung above the door to the zapatos (shoes) filled with grass for the wise mens camels, each letter in this festive alphabet introduces children toa Spanish word, and each colorful page takes them through another joyous aspect of the 22 days of the traditional holiday. Vibrant art from acclaimed illustrator Joe Cepeda beautifully complements the lively, rhythmic text to bring the reader a wealth of heritageand a season of light! Feliz ...
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Overview

Bienvenidos! to a celebration of Christmas, Latino-style! From the ngel (angel) hung above the door to the zapatos (shoes) filled with grass for the wise mens camels, each letter in this festive alphabet introduces children toa Spanish word, and each colorful page takes them through another joyous aspect of the 22 days of the traditional holiday. Vibrant art from acclaimed illustrator Joe Cepeda beautifully complements the lively, rhythmic text to bring the reader a wealth of heritageand a season of light! Feliz Navidad!
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Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
While there are many alphabet books available in the marketplace, this one is a delightful surprise, filled with amazing paintings and rhyming text. In this Latino-style Christmas book, Susan Middleton Elya and Merry Banks cook up a lively text beginning with "A is for angel/hung high by Papa. B is for bunuelos, fried by Mama." Each page reveals a magical Christmas scene, from campanas (bells) hanging on the church down the street to estrella (star) decoration to pan dulces (sweets) that are consumed on Christmas morning to the tamales that children enjoy eating on New Year's Eve. This picture book brings a new aspect of the Latino Christmas celebration to life with care and careful details; reading N Is for Navidad is a wonderful way to teach children about different cultural experiences. The authors take readers from the angel hanging on the door to the zapatos (shoes) filled with grass for the wise men's camels, introducing new Spanish words while illustrating the traditional 22-day holiday with celebratory scenes that will enchant children and parents. This is a magical book that will be part of Christmas celebrations for many years to come. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
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PreS-Gr 1-Cepeda's lively paintings take a colorful, dynamic look at a warm Latino neighborhood celebration of the holiday season. The alphabet action is a little uneven, with the emphasis on simple Spanish words that are easily understood with the illustration and/or supporting text. The word choices are weakened with a jump to English, "W is for wise men,/tres reyes, three kings," and "X is for excelente,/the feeling He brings!" ll and rr are bonus combinations to expand the reach of the alphabet. This book has potential to provide a springboard for discussion of holiday traditions while keeping children entertained visually. A glossary with pronunciation guide is attached.-Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library

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A lively introduction to Latino Christmas traditions follows an alphabetical structure as a way to introduce key Spanish terms and explain holiday customs and activities. The highlighted words include the Spanish words for decorations, food, family members, key characters in the Nativity story and terms relating to church attendance. Additional days of celebration, such as Las Posadas and Three Kings Day, are also included. The authors skillfully pack their short, rhyming text with a rather amazing amount of information, while still making the text peppy and interesting. Cepeda fills his buoyant paintings with fruits and flowers in brilliant colors, smiling people enjoying the holiday treats and backgrounds in bright greens and blues creating a cheerful mood. The illustrations show one extended family enjoying the holiday in a chronological progression, from hanging the first decorations at the beginning of the season to setting out their zapatos (shoes) for Three Kings Day. An author's note provides further information (noting that most of the customs included are Mexican in origin), and a glossary gives pronunciations for the Spanish words and complete definitions. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811852050
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 9/27/2007
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 1 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.87 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Middleton Elya has been writing books in Spanish and English for the past eight years. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Merry Banks lives in Alameda, California. This is her sixth book for children.

Joe Cepeda is the award-winning illustrator of more than 20 books for children. He lives in Southern California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2008

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    My family & I are Mexican-Americans, & have lived in the USA for 4 generations. I have always been fascinated with our Mexican roots & wanted to know more about our culture & be able to teach my 3 year old son. This book was perfect. I have been celebrating the Dia De Los Reyes since he was born, but with this book he was able to understand it a little more. This was the first year he was truly excited about the 3 Kings coming. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to share the Mexican cultlure with their children. The illustrations are beautiful & colorful & catch the childs interest.

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