- Age Range: 4 and up
- Lexile Measure: 510L (What's this?)
- Series: Picture Puffins
- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: Puffin (November 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140544429
- ISBN-13: 978-0140544428
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,133,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nine Days to Christmas: A Story of Mexico (Picture Puffins) Paperback – November 1, 1991
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Top Customer Reviews
Both visually and textually this book is an original. Ets's Ceci is definitely five years of age. Her every move and thought confirms her youth and excitement at finally getting to participate in the first of nine Christmas parties. What's nice about the story is the amount of time and attention the author pays to the day-to-day living of a wealthy Mexican family like Ceci's. She displays the world around Ceci without ever ignoring the poor or impoverished. Though Ceci is too young to make any judgments about the way the world is, she knows enough to observe a man too poor to own shoes or village women selling flowers. The book never trivializes the situation of the people, and it grants servants the same respect as their employers. I was especially taken with the section in which the servant girls mix and mingle while waiting for the garbage truck to arrive. It's nice to see someone besides the rich having lives of their own in a picture book. My only objection is the author's dedication at the front. She writes, "To all the little Mexican friends and relatives who helped us make this book".Read more ›
The artwork is definitely up to Caldecott standards, with fully-developed backgrounds and a sparing but good use of color. Done in mostly neutral shades, more vibrant yellows, pinks, and suck are reserved to make backgrounds pop and people seem more fully-fleshed.
The most likely people to own this story will, of course, be culturally linked to Mexico, but it would be a wonderful addition to any Christmas-themed read-along.
This book is a bit slow at the beginning. However, it really comes together at the end with a sweet finish.
~DeeDee Fox, Author and Illustrator, The Ruby Red Slippers
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Grand-daughter loved this book. Strongly recommend.
Gave to school class for classroom library.
I absolutely loved this book as a child and checked it out all the time from the library. When we were going to be studying Christmas traditions from Mexico for school, I searched... Read morePublished 11 months ago by rsnow
This is a Caldecott winner book. This is a very precious book that helps those of us unfamiliar with Mexican traditions to understand some of what they believe and do during the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Rosa Cline
I remember hearing this book read in the first grade. I appreciated it then as much as now, 50 years later. Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by Lisa Nelms
This book is about a little girl that has to wait to get her piñata. The next time she had to watch her little sister`s and wasn't happy. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012
I first read this a child..... I was delighted by the both the writing and beautiful pictures; even as a an adult,I am still enchanted with this jewel of a book! Read morePublished on December 15, 2012 by shawna henderson1
Beautiful art and a very sweet story. Some archaic social attitudes re: household help referenced as servants etc, for my non-reading grand kids, I can read around that. Read morePublished on June 22, 2012 by MMF