'TWAS NOCHEBUENA by Roseanne Greenfield Thong

'TWAS NOCHEBUENA

Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A Latina child celebrates the Christmas season with her extended family in this warm, cheery story that incorporates Spanish vocabulary into the text.

Using the familiar structure of “The Night Before Christmas,” the unnamed little girl describes the preparations her family undertakes each December. The girl lives in a comfortable home with her parents, grandmother and three younger siblings, with extended family nearby. Some of the activities are common to Christmas celebrations across cultures, such as hanging decorations and putting up a tree. Others are Latino traditions, such as Las Posadas, in which celebrants parade from house to house, and breaking a piñata made from a jar. On Christmas Eve, the family enjoys games, special foods and a trip to midnight Mass, along with a fireworks display and a late dinner. Opening presents is the concluding event. Spanish words or phrases are included in each sentence and are generally clear from context. A complete glossary of Spanish words is appended, though there is no pronunciation guide. Vibrant illustrations create a cozy atmosphere with a palette of warm shades and a retro, 1960s vibe established through clothing styles and fabric patterns.

This pleasant family story conveys strong family bonds and traditions while offering non-Spanish speakers a way to learn some basic vocabulary. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 16th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-670-01634-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2014




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