Twelve Days of Christmas: A Piñata for the Piñon Tree

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"On the first day of Christmas mis amigos brought to me: a p

iñata for the piñon

tree"


Spice up Christmas with a Southwestern spin! Celebrate the holidays with Philemon Sturges' lively adaptation of the classic Christmas carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas. Instead of leaping lords and drummers drumming, our favorite friends from Readerville bring us cowgirls yodelin', poinsettias bloomin', and much more! This vivacious rendition, accompanied...

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Overview

"On the first day of Christmas mis amigos brought to me: a p

iñata for the piñon

tree"


Spice up Christmas with a Southwestern spin! Celebrate the holidays with Philemon Sturges' lively adaptation of the classic Christmas carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas. Instead of leaping lords and drummers drumming, our favorite friends from Readerville bring us cowgirls yodelin', poinsettias bloomin', and much more! This vivacious rendition, accompanied by Ashley Wolff's vibrant illustrations, features all the joyous characters in the song and a special recipe for bizcochitos, cookies that can be found in every New Mexican home during Christmastime.

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This sweet children's book gives Christmas a southwestern spin by resetting the traditional "Twelve Days of Christmas". Instead of leaping lords and drummers drumming, cowgirls yodeling and poinsettias blooming will greet young readers. Sun Belt holiday cheer.
Publishers Weekly

The traditional carol receives a dash of New Mexican spice as Sturges (Bridges Are to Cross) moves the backdrop to the American Southwest. Chipper animal amigos in the village square offer a gift of a piñata for the piñon tree on the first day of Christmas, while in a parallel visual storyline, a motherly-looking badger begins whipping up some bizcochitos (holiday cookies). Ignoring the 12-day sequence of the text, Wolff (the Miss Bindergarten books) shows the action as continuous: soon a kaleidoscope of local color and sound transforms the square, and the furry baker produces a tray of festive treats. One quibble: young readers may have trouble distinguishing all the unfamiliar creatures (11 mariachi, 10 kachina leapin') that keep being piled on to the full-to-bursting village scenes. Ages 3-6. (Oct.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-This Southwestern version of the popular song will have some regional appeal, but may be a stretch for those who have difficulty with the semi-scanning lyrics. It shows the gifts that "mis amigos" bring to a grandmotherly badger who repays their generosity with bizcochitos, a Christmas cookie said to be found in every New Mexican home during the holidays. As the gifts pile up around the piñon tree, a wild party ensues with kachina leaping, coyotes yowlin', skinks a-skulking, etc. The lively animal-filled, full-color spreads offer many counting opportunities and will be enjoyed by Wolff's fans. The cookie recipe and musical notations are included.-Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library

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Kirkus Reviews
The words of the traditional Christmas song are adapted here to reflect a Southwest theme, with influences from Latino and Native-American cultures. On the first day of Christmas, a grandmotherly animal of undetermined species looks out her kitchen window to see her amigos bringing her a pi-ata for her pi-on tree. The three friends (a skunk, a pig and an armadillo) bring in more decorations and more animals as the days of celebration progress, right on up to an 11-member mariachi band and 12 raccoons drumming. Wolff's busy, brilliantly colorful illustrations depict the huge cast of characters slowly filling up the town square as they celebrate. An additional illustration on the left fourth of each double-paged spread holds the text and shows the hands (paws?) of the grandmotherly animal baking Bizcochitos cookies step-by-step. That simpler scene helps to set off a calm spot on the pages. A recipe for these cookies and the music to the song with the rewritten words can be found on the endpapers, though those will be partially covered by the book jacket in library use. The final scene, a double page of glowing windows set in snowy mountains and facing the sparkling tree, is just plain breathtaking. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316823234
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 1 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Philemon Sturges has written several award-winning books for children, including She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain, Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?, Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza), and Bridges Are to Cross.

Ashley Wolff has illustrated many books for children, including She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain, Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?,and the bestselling Miss Bindergarten series.

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