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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: AWARDS: ALA: Youth Media Award Winners 2011
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080272082X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802720825
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,248,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 3–This companion to Grandma's Records (Walker, 2001) is another memoir of Velasquez's boyhood visits with his grandmother in Spanish Harlem. This time it is Christmas. After helping to shop for ingredients and make her famous pasteles, Eric and his grandmother venture from El Barrio to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The boy has a school assignment to complete and together they discover the work of Diego Velázquez, including the famous portrait of Juan de Pareja. The woman nurtures the boy's fascination with painting by giving him art supplies for Christmas. This beautifully illustrated slice-of-life is sprinkled with Spanish phrases (all translated into English) and rich details about Puerto Rican traditions and culture. Velasquez's full-bleed paintings transport readers to another time and place and expertly capture the characters' personalities and emotions. A gift, indeed.Virginia Walter, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
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In this prequel to Grandma’s Records (2001), Eric spends his winter break with his Puerto Rican grandmother in her apartment in New York City’s El Barrio. Together, they shop, cook traditional dishes such as pasteles, and complete Eric’s homework assignment: to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art and view Diego Velázquez’s masterpiece Juan de Pareja. The pleasing, realistic oil paintings include a well-done replica of the famous painting. Those who appreciated the personal connections between grandmother and grandson in the earlier book will again be satisfied with this story, which incorporates Spanish phrases in the long, descriptive text. Grades 1-3. --Andrew Medlar

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The story is accompanied by beautiful artwork that light up the pages.
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Our daughter is an avid reader and as her parents we have a deep appreciation for seeing people who look like us depicted in a positive light.
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Because the the pictures were so greatly drawn and accurately followed the text, it is an extremely easy read.
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By terrye benjamin on March 20, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Exactly like the library book only brand new! glad i got it. dont have any more to say. good bye.
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By Cynthia M. Smith on December 29, 2013
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For grandmothers new and old, this is a wonderful book about sharing time, space, and the gifts that make people unique.
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For starters, I was immediately drawn to this book because from the cover page, I was able to see that the book would be about a special bond between a boy and his Grandmother. After reading the book, i was not disappointed. I appreciated all the different things they connected to one another in this book. Because the the pictures were so greatly drawn and accurately followed the text, it is an extremely easy read. The pictures had a very smooth texture to them that gave them polished and refined. I also appreciated how Eric, the author, was able to bridge the gap between a younger and older generation through a strong bond and cherished gift. I am huge on cultivating the positive interest that young children have! This book is great for introducing the subject of dreams and ambitions inside of the classroom.
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This is a beautiful story about a grandmother and her grandson. After visiting a museum over the Christmas holiday, Eric discovers his passion for art. His grandmother then gives him a gift he can put to good use, a sketchbook and colored pencils. The story is accompanied by beautiful artwork that light up the pages. It shows the Christmas holiday in the best light. This is a true testament to how strong the bond can be between the older and younger generation.
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By Jackie on November 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This story is a heartwarming tale about the loving relationship of a grandmother and grandson. In "Grandmas Gift," its winter break and Eric and his grandmother have two special tasks to complete. Grandma has to make her famous pasteles, which is a traditional Puerto Rican Christmas dish. Eric, her grandson has a school assignment where he has to view an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Grandma feels out of her element when visiting the museum in El Barrio. While visiting the Museum, Grandma comes across a familiar painting of Juan De Pareja. He was a slave and personal assistant to Diego Velazquez. The target audience is for 3rd to 6th graders. Many readers may enjoy or relate to the bond between a grandma and her grandson. They may also think about gifts they have received and the deeper meaning they may have from their care giver.
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