Papi's Giftby Karen Stanton, Rene Moreno
In this IRA Notable Book for a Global Society, Graciela overcomes her disappointment at not receiving the birthday present Papi promised to send by thinking of what Papi might need from her. Graciela lives in a country south of the United States, and Papi works on a farm in California. Though he can't be with her to celebrate her seventh birthday, he has promised… See more details below
In this IRA Notable Book for a Global Society, Graciela overcomes her disappointment at not receiving the birthday present Papi promised to send by thinking of what Papi might need from her. Graciela lives in a country south of the United States, and Papi works on a farm in California. Though he can't be with her to celebrate her seventh birthday, he has promised to send her a special birthday present tied in red string. On the front of the package will be her name: Garciela Maria Reyes Rivera. Each day Graciela checks the mail, and each day she finds no present. Graciela is angry and disappointed. But then she has a thought: maybe Papi could use a gift himself. Karen Stanton's touching story about a child's selfless act of love is beautifully illustrated by René King Moreno.
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- 7 - 9 Years
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This is the story of Graciela who lives in Mexico. Her papi has gone to work in California because the drought has left the family without income. Papi promises to send her a special box of presents in the mail for her birthday, but the package never arrives. Instead, she receives a hand-made doll from her mother. After missing her father all summer, Graciela decides to mail her doll to Papi to keep him company. When she returns home, rain clouds begin to fill the sky. Full-page pastel illustration compliment the story beautifully. Children will be drawn to the colorful, serene setting. The facial expressions of the characters is muted, but the colors communicate the mood of the tale and are engaging to look at. The voice of Graciela is sincere and includes a few Spanish words, so as to be genuine and not overwhelming. Children will easily pick up on the courage Graciela shows by sending her only doll to her beloved Papi. The story of love and family comes through loud and clear.