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A Gift of Gracias: The Legend of Altagracia

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Publisher Comments:

After their olive crop fails, Maria fears that her family will have to abandon their farm on the new island colony. Then, one night she dreams of a mysterious beautiful lady shrouded by trees with branches hung with hundreds of little suns. They are oranges like the ones Maria's parents once ate in their homeland, Valencia, Spain. That very day Maria and her family plant the seeds that soon yield a magnificent orange grove and save the farm. But who was the mysterious lady who appeared in her dream and will Maria ever find her again?

Review:

"Vidal's (Federico and the Magi's Gift) finely detailed gouache paintings provide exquisite accompaniment to Alvarez's (The Secret Footprints) retelling, a Dominican legend of a miracle performed by Nuestra Señ ora de la Altagracia, Our Lady of Thanks. The prose plants just enough magic to prepare readers for Marí a's night visions and their magical results. When Papá returns from the city, he brings Marí a oranges; as she tries one, she observes, 'It tasted like a sweet sunrise.' As they eat, Marí a's father prepares her for the dismal prospect of moving to the city, since their farm is failing, but her father's friend, Quisqueya, whispers, 'We will find a way to stay.' Marí a dreams that night: Quisqueya appears as her guide, urging her to 'Say gracias,' as she plants orange seeds in the ground. She does, and the seeds bloom into full-grown orange trees, and 'a beautiful lady with golden skin and a crown of stars' appears. When Marí a tells her family what she dreamed, they immediately plant orange seeds. Miracles follow — 'in a matter of months, trees that would normally take years to grow yielded a large crop,' and Quisqueya magically acquires a portrait of Our Lady of Altagracia. Vidal smoothly moves from the lushness of the orange grove and rolling hills to the dream sequences. Together, author and artist make dreams-come-true seem possible, as long as one remains grateful. Age 5–8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[T]his talented team evokes an enchanted, sun-kissed world where dreams, and gratitude, bear fruit." Booklist

Review:

"Children of all backgrounds will be drawn in by the universal themes of home and family....Vidal has painted colorful, yet warm illustrations that add depth to the story." School Library Journal

Review:

"Alvarez creates a lovely tale based on legends from her childhood in the Dominican Republic....Vidal's detailed, lovingly rendered pictures glow like the oranges and the stars she so beautifully depicts." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

After Maria's family's olive crop fails, a mysterious woman appears in her dreams and suggests the family grow oranges instead. That very day the family plants seeds that yield a magnificent orange grove and saves the farm. Who was the mysterious woman? Illustrations.

About the Author

Alvarez is a poet and fiction writer. She teaches creative writing and literature at Middlebury College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375824258
Subtitle:
The Legend of Altagracia
Publisher:
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Illustrator:
Vidal, Beatriz
Author:
Alvarez, Julia
Author:
illustrated by Beatriz Vidal
Author:
Vidal, Beatriz
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Saints
Subject:
Spanish language materials
Subject:
Dominican Republic
Subject:
Christian patron saints
Subject:
People & Places - United States - Hispanic/Latino
Subject:
Ethnic - Hispanic & Latino
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20051011
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from K up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
11.24x8.78x.39 in. .89 lbs.
Age Level:
05-08

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Product details 40 pages Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - English 9780375824258 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Vidal's (Federico and the Magi's Gift) finely detailed gouache paintings provide exquisite accompaniment to Alvarez's (The Secret Footprints) retelling, a Dominican legend of a miracle performed by Nuestra Señ ora de la Altagracia, Our Lady of Thanks. The prose plants just enough magic to prepare readers for Marí a's night visions and their magical results. When Papá returns from the city, he brings Marí a oranges; as she tries one, she observes, 'It tasted like a sweet sunrise.' As they eat, Marí a's father prepares her for the dismal prospect of moving to the city, since their farm is failing, but her father's friend, Quisqueya, whispers, 'We will find a way to stay.' Marí a dreams that night: Quisqueya appears as her guide, urging her to 'Say gracias,' as she plants orange seeds in the ground. She does, and the seeds bloom into full-grown orange trees, and 'a beautiful lady with golden skin and a crown of stars' appears. When Marí a tells her family what she dreamed, they immediately plant orange seeds. Miracles follow — 'in a matter of months, trees that would normally take years to grow yielded a large crop,' and Quisqueya magically acquires a portrait of Our Lady of Altagracia. Vidal smoothly moves from the lushness of the orange grove and rolling hills to the dream sequences. Together, author and artist make dreams-come-true seem possible, as long as one remains grateful. Age 5–8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[T]his talented team evokes an enchanted, sun-kissed world where dreams, and gratitude, bear fruit."
"Review" by , "Children of all backgrounds will be drawn in by the universal themes of home and family....Vidal has painted colorful, yet warm illustrations that add depth to the story."
"Review" by , "Alvarez creates a lovely tale based on legends from her childhood in the Dominican Republic....Vidal's detailed, lovingly rendered pictures glow like the oranges and the stars she so beautifully depicts."
"Synopsis" by , After Maria's family's olive crop fails, a mysterious woman appears in her dreams and suggests the family grow oranges instead. That very day the family plants seeds that yield a magnificent orange grove and saves the farm. Who was the mysterious woman? Illustrations.
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