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In this heartwarming picture book for young readers that highlights the special, unbreakable bond between a daughter and father, a young Latina girl named Graciela struggles to overcome her disappointment when she does not receive the birthday present her father promised to send her by thinking about what he might need from her instead.
Graciela lives in a Central American country south of Mexico. Because of a drought, her father, "Papi", must leave their home to travel to the United States and work on a farm in California. Graciela is sad that Papi can't be with her at their home to celebrate her seventh birthday. But, Papi has promised to send Graciela a special birthday present tied in red string in the mail. On the front of the package will be her name: Graciela Maria Reyes Rivera. Each day, Graciela checks the mail, and each day, she does not find a present. Graciela is angry and disappointed. Then she has a thought: maybe Papi could use a gift himself. Author Karen Stanton's moving story – selected as an IRA Notable Book for a Global Society – features warm illustrations by Rene Moreno. This picture book celebrates the special relationship and bond between a father and daughter, despite a separation, and highlights a child's selfless act of love.
School Library Journal says: "Touching. . . . A few Spanish words and phrases add authenticity to the engaging text. . . . A strong addition to the growing body of picture books with Hispanic themes and characters."
|Product dimensions:||8.81(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.34(d)|
|Age Range:||2 - 5 Years|
About the Author
René King Moreno was born in North Carolina and received a degree in fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the illustrator of Under the Lemon Moon by Edith Hope Fine, and Fiesta! and Siesta, both by Ginger Foglesong Guy. She lives in Chicago.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.