As an easy to read Christmas story which illustrates one aspect of life in a Mexican village, teachers may find this an extra holiday bonus for classroom use. Luminarias are special lanterns which are made from sacred candles placed in paper sacks and which are burned outside on holy occasions. Antonio's grandfather held that the luminarias were necessary in order to receive a Christmas Eve blessing, but his parents preferred to save them for their saint's day. Antonio, who sided with his grandfather, managed just at the last minute to obtain the necessary materials for one of the lanterns, which he left burning before Mass. His blessing turns out to be a lame red squirrel -- just what Antonio wants. The text's dependence on descriptions rather than action, and the moderately sized type predicates some reading experience from the audience. The gray, white and ochre illustrations in Miss Kirn's distinctive dotted style tend to give the people a poorly complected appearance but are effective in showing the candles burning at night.