Paco was only ten when his old guardian, a Frcuch trapper, is taken from him, and the Spanish-American villagers in the New Mexican village where he lives adopt him and place him as an ""adopted"" with Tomas, who is about to be married to Pita. Paco is a lovable child, taught by ""Old One"" to love nature and animals and mountains that had been his home. But he enters into the colorful ceremonies and festivities marking the marriage of the young couple. And when their home is chosen as a center for the La Posada celebration, it is Tomas who is sent to Santa Fe to get the supplies. A snow slide catches him in the mountains and Paco forages for berries, honey and greens. The animals he has learned to communicate with care for him when he breaks his ankle (here is the ""miracle"" of the title). The charming simplicity of the telling is to be expected from the author, a Newbery medalist, of A for . World Song (all Viking). tones by Agnes Talt.