Pablo's act of Christmas charity -- he gives most of his hard won prize money to a poor Indian woman and her baby -- is...

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NIGHT OF THE RADISHES: A Christmas Story

Pablo's act of Christmas charity -- he gives most of his hard won prize money to a poor Indian woman and her baby -- is somehow appropriate to his humble talent. For Oaxaca's Night of the Radishes, December 23, he had carved the winning radish sculpture of a virgin and child. But from Pablo's loving cultivation of his radish garden to the dream of a white-clad mother and child which rewards his sacrifice, the story is infused with a kind of self-conscious gravity and self-assertive piety which is a bit much even for the setting and season. Talbot has tried to keep the tone light through the liberal (too liberal) use of colorful metaphors, but Ann Grifalconi's arid ochre and cerise pictures are just too emotionally one-dimensional to make our appreciation of Pablo's goodness any more than a conditioned reflex.

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1972

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Publisher: Putnam

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1972