Papi's Gift

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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. ...

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Overview

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 RenĂ© King Moreno.

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Graciela's father has left the family south of the border to work on a California farm. As her birthday approaches, Graciela knows he cannot come home, but still dreams of the present he has promised to send. But he telephones, crying as he tells her that the present will not arrive on time. The family tries to cheer her up and celebrate; her mother has made her a doll. All through the summer Graciela misses her father. She sends her doll to him, hoping to make him feel better, and also hoping that she will get to see him when the rains finally come. The picture of the fatherless family life on the unproductive farm is visualized in pastels that depict the arid landscape and the village life. Details of clothing, household objects, market, etc. establish a sense of place and of the gentle people who live there. Double-page scenes are mostly settings for the action and the emotions expressed in the text, but the feeling of family love pervades the story.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590784228
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,426,544
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen is the author and illustrator of Mr. K and Yudi. She teaches children's picture book writing, illustration, and publishing at City College of San Francisco. She lives in Piedmont, California.

Rene King Moreno was born in North Carolina and grew up in Indiana. She received a degree in fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the illustrator of Papi's Gift by Karen Stanton, Under the Lemon Moon by Edith Hope Fine, and Fiesta! and Siesta, both by Ginger Foglesong Guy. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2008

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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.

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