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Felíz New Year, Ava Gabriela! Hardcover – Picture Book, October 1, 2020
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- Publisher : Albert Whitman & Company; Illustrated edition (October 1, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0807504505
- ISBN-13 : 978-0807504505
- Reading age : 4 - 7 years
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #701,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I enjoyed all the little Spanish phrases and the simple way their meaning was made clear in the text for non-Spanish speakers.
Best of all, I loved reading about the traditions the family in Columbia celebrated on New Year's. I've eaten the twelve grapes for luck, but I've never heard of wearing yellow underwear, something also said to bring good fortune. I like the idea of walking around the street at midnight with luggage in hand to be sure we travel well in the coming year and the idea of cleaning the house to get rid of the dirt and negativity of the old year. Making El Ano Viejo and breaking the doll to represent leaving behind the disappointments, sadnesses, and troubles of the old year sounds like a great tradition, too. (I'll have to try these this year...maybe it will sweep away 2020.)
"Felíz New Year, Ava Gabriela!" is a very sensitively written picture book perfect to talk about holiday traditions in Latin America. This book talks about Colombian traditions, but there is overlap with lots of other countries like eating the 12 grapes -- Cubans do that too!
It is beautifully illustrated, and would be a great classroom or family library addition for anyone, but especially for people wanting to instill the importance of learning more than one language. There is a glossary at the back, and Spanish sprinkled throughout with context clues for meaning.