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A Piñata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; Bilingual edition (September 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618841989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618841981
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #747,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–In this Latino twist on the traditional folk song, the narrator's secret amiga's gifts include &a piñata in a pine tree and &cuatro luminarias. The identity of the girl's amiga is a sweet surprise and is sure to bring a smile to readers. The spreads are pleasing to the eye, with acrylic paintings rendered in vivid oranges, pinks, greens, and sky blue. A description of Christmas foods and other holiday traditions from different Latin American countries are included in the author's note, which also gives information on the history of the 12 days (beginning Christmas Day and ending January 5, Twelfth Night, the night before Epiphany, or Feast of the Three Kings). The last page includes the score.–Diane Olivo-Posner, Los Angeles Public Library END

From Booklist

In trading a partridge for a piñata and intertwining English and Spanish, Mora has created not only a fun adaptation of a classic Christmas carol but also an introduction to many elements of holiday celebrations for families across the U.S. and Latin America. Among the 12 presents that a little girl’s amiga brings to her are toys, musical instruments, and special holiday foods such as pastelitos and tamalitos. The final gift is 12 angels heralding (doce angelitos celebrando) the arrival of a new baby sister, preparations for which have been unfolding in the background all along. The illustrator is the sister of Belpré Award–winning illustrator Yuyi Morales, and these acrylic paintings share a similar colorful and vibrant style as they integrate words, numbers, Spanish pronunciations, joy, and excitement throughout each full-page spread. A glossary, useful author’s and illustrator’s notes, and musical notation are also included. The syllabic rhythm doesn’t always perfectly match the familiar tune, but that won’t make reading or singing this any less merry. Preschool-Grade 3. --Andrew Medlar

More About the Author

Pat Mora, born in El Paso, Texas, is an award-winning poet and author of books for adults, teens, and children. Her awards include a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Golden Kite Award, American Library Association Notable Book Awards, and honorary doctorates. A former teacher and university administrator, she is the founder of the family literacy initiative El día de los niños / El día de los libros, Children's Day / Book Day (Día). The year-long commitment to linking all children to books, languages and cultures, and of sharing what Pat calls "bookjoy," culminates in celebrations across the country in April. Pat lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and invites you to visit her at www.patmora.com and http://sharebookjoy.blogspot.com.

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It's catchy, fun, and the illustrations are beautiful!
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Pictures depict Latin culture and tradition very well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ReadItDiva on December 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful holiday story! Who can help but sing along to The 12 Days of Christmas? Don't worry if you don't know Spanish; the pronunciations are including right in the illustrations. A heartwarming story right down to the surprise ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By daisy on February 10, 2013
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I purchased this book to read to my students. They enjoyed it. I recommend this book. Get your copy today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Redstone on December 4, 2012
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Beautiful book! Very adaptable. A great book for kids beginning to learn Spanish or English. Librarians can place in the English or Spanish section. I love the pictures and rhyming. Pat Mora should write more books alike. I tried translating it totally into Spanish for my fully bilingual children and first year Spanish language immersion students and was successful! Simple, entertaining and colorful books like these are hard to find. Pictures depict Latin culture and tradition very well. Thank you Pat!
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