The Christmas gift = El regalo de Navidad

by Jiménez, Francisco, 1943-

Language: English
Format: Print Book 2000
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
Available (1)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Foreign Language qj SPANISH FICTION Jimenez
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Children's Foreign Language
Call Number  qj SPANISH FICTION Jimenez
With honesty and rare grace, award-winning author Francisco Jiménez shares his most poignant Christmas memory in this remarkable book. Illustrated with paintings full of strength and warmth, written in spare bilingual text, this simple story celebrates the true spirit of Christmas, and illuminates how children do indeed draw strength from the bonds of their families.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 5^-9. Like La Mariposa (1999), this picture book in both English and Spanish tells one story from Jimenez's award-winning autobiographical collection, The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child (1997). The boy Panchito dreams of getting a red ball for Christmas; but there's no work and no money for presents, and the family must move again. When a man and his pregnant wife try to sell their meager possessions to get food and shelter, Panchito hears his father say, "We're broke, too." The surprise on the last page reveals Papa's true gifts of kindness and love. The child's focus is on his own disappointing gift, and, like him, the young picture-book audience may miss the subtlety of the Christmas metaphor about the couple finding no room at the inn. However, Cotts' stylized acrylic paintings, rich in color, express the tenderness of the narrative and the facts of the poverty. The story's power is in the simple words that directly tell of having to leave home. As the family drives away in search of work, Panchito waves to his friends on the school playground, "but they [do] not see him." --Hazel Rochman"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Migrant labor -- Fiction.
Mexican Americans -- Fiction.
Christmas -- Fiction.
Spanish language materials -- Bilingual.
Publisher Boston, Mass. :Houghton Mifflin,2000
Other Titles Regalo de Navidad
Contributors Cotts, Claire.
Language English
Notes Text in English and Spanish.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 0395928699
Other Classic View