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Publisher Comments:

Renowned Puerto Rican author Esmeralda Santiago remembers a poignant Christmas from her childhood in this heartwarming story of giving and understanding.

Las Navidades are coming. The house smells of cinnamon and coconut, crepe paper festoons the yard, and best of all, the Three Magi will soon bring presents to all the children. Esmeralda hopes they will bring her a baby doll. But instead, she receives something far more precious: she experiences firsthand the magic of giving and the power of her family's love for her.

Esmeralda Santiago's resonant prose and Enrique Sanchez's vibrant illustrations make for a heartwarming tale to share with all children.

Review:

"Caribbean breezes, not swirling snow, waft through this autobiographical picture book (adapted from a previously published essay) set on the sunny, lush island of Puerto Rico. Santiago (When I Was Puerto Rican) recalls childhood memories and cultural traditions as a seven-year-old girl who, more than anything, wants a doll for El Da de los Tres Reyes Magos (Three Kings' Day, celebrated January 6). The warm bonds of family radiate in Sanchez's velvety acrylics, and readers can almost hear the parrandas (carolers) singing in the night. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The house smells of cinnamon and coconut, crepe paper festoons the yard, and best of all, the Three Magi will soon bring presents to all the children. Esmeralda hopes for a doll. Instead, she experiences the magic of giving and the power of her family's love for her. Full color.

About the Author

Esmeralda Santiago is renowned for her adult memoirs, When I Was Puerto Rican, Almost a Woman, and The Turkish Lover. The eldest of eleven children, she spent her childhood in Puerto Rico. She moved to New York in 1961 with her mother and siblings, at the age of thirteen. Esmeralda was once trained as an actress, includes Archie comics as one of her influences, and has attended Harvard University.

Her newest Scholastic title, A Doll for Navidades, is her first book for children. A Doll for Navidades tells the story of a house that smells of cinnamon and coconut, where music fills the air, and best of all, the Three Magi will soon bring presents to all of the children. Little Esmeralda hopes they will bring her a baby doll. But instead, she receives something far more precious: She experiences firsthand the magic of giving and the power of her family's love for her. The Spanish translation, Una Muneca Para El Dia De Reyes, will be published simultaneously.

Esmeralda lives in Katonah, New York with her husband and children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780439553988
Author:
Sanchez, Enrique O.
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Author:
Santiago, Esmeralda
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Holidays & Festivals - Christmas
Subject:
Christmas
Subject:
Gifts
Subject:
Holidays & Celebrations - Christmas
Subject:
Holidays & Celebrations - Christmas & Advent
Subject:
Puerto rico
Subject:
Children s Holiday-Christmas
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20051031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
11 x 9 in
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
04-08

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Children's » Holidays » Christmas

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Product details 32 pages Scholastic Press - English 9780439553988 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Caribbean breezes, not swirling snow, waft through this autobiographical picture book (adapted from a previously published essay) set on the sunny, lush island of Puerto Rico. Santiago (When I Was Puerto Rican) recalls childhood memories and cultural traditions as a seven-year-old girl who, more than anything, wants a doll for El Da de los Tres Reyes Magos (Three Kings' Day, celebrated January 6). The warm bonds of family radiate in Sanchez's velvety acrylics, and readers can almost hear the parrandas (carolers) singing in the night. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The house smells of cinnamon and coconut, crepe paper festoons the yard, and best of all, the Three Magi will soon bring presents to all the children. Esmeralda hopes for a doll. Instead, she experiences the magic of giving and the power of her family's love for her. Full color.
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