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Carlos, Light the Farolito Paperback – September 17, 2001


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Ages 4^-8. This picture book focuses on the Christmas Eve celebration of Las Pasadas, when neighbors act out the story of the peregrinos (wanderers) in search of shelter for Mary and Joseph. Carlos Castillo is a small boy who loves the tradition, including the mouthwatering foods, the Nativity creche, the pinata, and the lighting of the farolito lantern. When the Las Pasadas procession comes to Carlos' house, his grandfather isn't home yet, so Carlos has to act the part of the mean innkeeper. The familiar request is elemental ("We have come a long journey / And are asking a place to rest" ). Carlos shivers as he gives the harsh reply ("I don't care who you are. / Just let me sleep" ), until, finally, he flings the door wide open and shouts for everyone to come in. The bright acrylic pictures are reverential and contemporary, expressing both Carlos' sense of wonder and the immediacy of a warm family holiday. A detailed final note explains the customs and their variations among different communities. Hazel Rochman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A story that effectively introduces one culture's oldest holiday traditions." (School Library Journal) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 17, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618130527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618130528
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,337,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have been teaching Spanish to preschoolers for the last year. When I read this book, not only did I enjoy the story, I loved the way it was written. Ms. Ciavonne uses Spanish terms throughout the book. She allows the children to figure out what they mean from the context of the story. It also teaches about a tradition from a culture my students were not familiar with. Education through story is great for children. It is a creative, educational, enjoyable book. I would highly recommend it for older preschool children and elementary school children (and ADULTS :-).
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By Amazon Customer on January 6, 2013
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Not what I needed, too lengthy for first graders. I did use some of its pictures and information. Oh we'll new book for the library.
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