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Pablo's Christmas
     

Pablo's Christmas

by Hugo C. Martin, Lee Chapman (Illustrator)
 

On a small, dusty farm in Mexico, in the Valle de Guadalupe, a young boy named Pablo lived with his mother, father, and two little sisters, Isabella and Teresa…

Christmas means family: everyone gathered together in joyful celebration. But what if one beloved member is missing? That’s the situation so movingly explored in this

Overview

On a small, dusty farm in Mexico, in the Valle de Guadalupe, a young boy named Pablo lived with his mother, father, and two little sisters, Isabella and Teresa…

Christmas means family: everyone gathered together in joyful celebration. But what if one beloved member is missing? That’s the situation so movingly explored in this exceptional—and stunningly illustrated—holiday tale, set in the Mexican countryside.

Because Mama is going to have a new baby, Pablo’s father has gone off to America to earn extra money. That makes Pablo the man of the house—chasing coyotes away from the hens, comforting his worried mother and sisters, and trying to make presents for everyone.

Now Christmas is near—when Papa has promised to return. Will he be home for the holidays? Children will hang on to every word eagerly and sympathetically…right until the satisfying, and happy, ending.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Christmas South of the border for Pablo and his family isn't looking so merry with money scarce, and Papa away finding extra work. But the young man of the house manages to find small ways to celebrate while keeping his mother, sisters and their livestock safe on the farm. A special Christmas Eve visitor brings much appreciated holiday joy. Though Martin's slightly disjointed story focuses less on Christmas than on family ties and Mexican life, many readers will enjoy this visit to Valle de Guadalupe, beckoned by Chapman's evocative folk art-inspired paintings. Ages 4-7. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Cheri Stowers
Pablo and his family live on a tiny farm in Mexico. Papa is a wood-carver and sells toys in a nearby town. Pablo helps tend the farm animals. One day Mama announces that she's expecting a baby. Papa realizes that his small income won't be enough to support the family. He must travel to America and look for a better-paying job. Pablo is left behind to be the "man of the house." Winter approaches and life on the farm gets harder. One night coyotes sneak into the henhouse and eat two hens. Pablo comforts his sisters and resolves to protect the hens from any more coyote attacks. Soon it's Christmas time, but Pablo's heart is sad. How can he make it a special time without any money? Children will enjoy reading about how this Christmas turns out to be the happiest Christmas ever! Lessons of courage, unselfishness and love are woven throughout the pages of this book. Works well as a read aloud or for independent reading. Beautiful full-page illustrations done in warm, muted tones complement this tender tale. Useful for generating discussions about family and growing up. Also makes a nice resource for a classroom study about Mexico. A great story for the Christmas season.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-A timely and timeless holiday story. Pablo's family works hard on their little farm in Mexico, but they have very little. When Mama announces that she is going to have a baby, Papa, a talented woodcarver, decides to find work in America, leaving young Pablo "in charge." There is no money for a Christmas celebration, but the boy manages to find a tree and suggests they decorate it with popcorn. And on Christmas day, Papa returns with gifts, including a new wood-carving knife for Pablo, who has used his old one to carve dolls for his sisters. Chapman's colorful folk-art illustrations are often touching, sometimes joyful, and sometimes comical. They are big enough to share with a group, but also contain interesting details that reward closer inspection. Neither art nor text gives a sense of when the story takes place-it could be today or a hundred years ago. But it's a tale almost as old as time-a little boy trying to fill at least some part of his missing father's shoes, and, in this case, doing so successfully.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Young Pablo lives with his parents and two younger sisters on a small farm in the Valle de Guadalupe in Mexico. When his mother announces she's expecting a new baby, Pablo's father decides he must go to the United States to earn more money than he currently makes by farming and carving wooden dolls and toys. Pablo tries to take his dad's place while the father is gone, recounting family stories and successfully chasing away coyotes who threaten their livestock. On Christmas Eve, as promised, the father returns to his family with gifts for all. Pablo receives his own special carving knife and gives his sisters wooden dolls that he has carved for them in secret, using his father's knife that he left behind. Mart'n, whose own family came to the U.S. from Mexico, relates the story with believable dialogue and dramatic pacing. He includes a few Spanish words within the story, which can be understood through the context. Chapman's vibrant illustrations use elements of folk art, such as a flattened perspective, patterned borders and angels flying in the clouds. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402725609
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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