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ARTURO AND THE NAVIDAD BIRDS by Anne Broyles

ARTURO AND THE NAVIDAD BIRDS

by Anne Broyles ; illustrated by K.E. Lewis ; translated by Gust Soanish

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4556-1801-9
Publisher: Pelican

A boy named Arturo decorates the Christmas tree with his grandmother, Abue Rosa, in this bilingual English/Spanish story.

As Arturo unpacks their box of ornaments, Abue Rosa explains the origin of each tiny family heirloom. Some are from her childhood; some were made by family members; others were gifts from friends. When Abue Rosa goes to the kitchen to check on dinner, Arturo unwraps a glass bird. As he runs and plays with the ornament, making the bird seem to fly, the glass bird hits the wall and breaks. Arturo unsuccessfully attempts to repair the bird and then tries to make amends by making a new, pine-cone bird for his grandmother. When he tearfully confesses to the broken ornament, his grandmother kindly comforts him and tells him the new bird ornament will remind her both of her grandson and of her friend who gave her the glass bird. Soft-focus illustrations create a dreamy quality, with scenes depicting the family stories for each ornament in paler hues in the backgrounds. The story is warm and sincere, with genuine emotions conveyed in the little boy’s attempt to make amends and his grandmother’s loving resolution to an unfortunate accident.

An understated but solid story portraying strong family ties between grandmother and grandson. (Picture book. 4-8)