PABLO'S TREE by Pat Mora

PABLO'S TREE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

It's Pablo's birthday, and he's ready for his birthday visit to his grandfather Lito's house, where Lito has decorated a special tree in Pablo's honor. Pablo's tree was planted when his mother adopted him. It was put in a special place -- not in the front yard (where it was too noisy), not in the rose garden (where there were too many thorns), but in a quiet spot in the sun. Each year on Pablo's birthday, Lito picks something different with which to decorate it -- streamers, colored balloons, paper lanterns, tiny birdcages. This birthday it is festooned with chimes. Pablo and Lito celebrate the day by munching apples and listening to the music the wind makes blowing through Pablo's tree. Pablo looks forward to next year's decoration, which Lito assures him will be yet another surprise. Though this is a charming story about a particularly joyful Mexican-American birthday tradition, the text wanders. Still, Mora's (A Birthday Book for Tie, 1992) depiction of family relations is warm and heartfelt, and Lang's densely colored cutouts capture the mood beautifully. Meandering but moving.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0027674010
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Macmillan