Three Kings Day: A Celebration at Christmastime

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Children's Literature
Three Kings Day commemorates the visit of the Three Wise Men to the baby Jesus. In this book, we are invited into the home of Veronica and her family as they prepare to celebrate the holiday. This family is not an invention solely for the book—this is a real family who graciously opened their home to the author and photographer. Veronica's family is originally from Puerto Rico and Ecuador, and traditions from those countries continue on in their life in New York City. The children decorate special boxes to leave under their beds for the Three Kings—in Ecuador, they would have filled the boxes with grass for the Kings' camels, but it is too snowy and cold to find fresh grass so they decide to leave water for the camels instead. The text provides some background about Puerto Rico, and then goes on to explain more of the traditions of the holiday such as the music, the food and the parades. The photographs are well-reproduced, and you can certainly sense the cold in New York. The book also includes a recipe for arroz con dulce, a glossary and an index. 2004, Holiday House, Ages 8 to 12.
—Dr. Judy Rowen
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-In many countries with a strong Catholic tradition, Three Kings Day, celebrated on January 6, is as important as Christmas Day itself. It is the day when gifts are exchanged. In some communities, including the Puerto Rican barrio of New York City depicted here, it is also a time for parades, fancy dress, and parties. This photo-essay looks at El D'a de los Tres Reyes through the eyes of a 10-year-old girl and her family. Informative sidebars, a glossary of Spanish terms, and evocative full-color photos add to the straightforward, readable text. An essential purchase for multicultural collections and libraries serving Latino communities, this is also a good resource for students doing research on Christmas customs.-V. W. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Hoyt-Goldsmith and Migdale specialize in photo essays highlighting contemporary holiday celebrations in the US. In this volume, Veronica Rangel and her family celebrate el D'a de los Tres Reyes on January 6, also known as Epiphany. The day when the Magi, the Three Kings, came to see the baby Jesus is a favorite holiday in many European countries and the Spaniards brought this custom to the new world. Veronica's family come from Puerto Rico and Ecuador and the author emphasizes the Puerto Rican traditions in this account. Although the general information about Puerto Rico is useful, some mention of why Veronica's family came to New York would have been relevant. With a special version of the story of the Three Kings, a recipe for arroz con dulce, a sweet rice pudding, photos of El Museo del Barrio's parade in New York City, and background information on the santos-the wooden statues of saints, a popular Puerto Rican art form-this is a rich authentic mixture of visual images and informative text based on interviews and observations. To be savored by readers. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823418398
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 663,874
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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