From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3?The meter and appealing rhyme scheme of the cumulative verses apparent in the Spanish text are missing in the English version. The simple story centers on a Christmas tree and the joy it brings to those who assemble to decorate it. Straightforward sentences describe, first in English, then in Spanish, one thing that each family member contributes to the tree. As each decoration is repeated, the refrain grows longer. "Look at the beautiful Christmas tree/with the bright candle/Grandma lit,/the candy cane/Grandpa hung,/the sleigh/Uncle Irineo painted," etc. The artwork, done in acrylic paint on black paper, features deeply saturated background shades of red, orange, blue, green, and violet. The figures are portrayed in a primitive, folk-art style and the dark hues chosen for the backgrounds and festive, decorative borders give them depth and texture. A visually attractive addition especially for bilingual and Spanish-language collections.
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