Arturo and the Navidad Birds

tr. from English by Gust Soanish. illus. by KE Lewis. 32p. Pelican. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4556-1801-9. ebook available. LC 2013014399.
K-Gr 2—Arturo and his Abue Rosa (grandmother) prepare to decorate their Navidad tree in this gentle bilingual story. As they carefully unpack the ornaments, Abue recalls memories of each one, some of which are from her childhood and some from dear friends and relatives. When Arturo accidentally breaks a precious glass bird (pajarito), he hides it and tries to create a replacement. The boy is wracked with guilt and finally confesses to Abue, who reassures him that people and memories are more important than things. The illustrations, though not extraordinary, are warm and cozy and a good match for the text. This story has a positive message that is relevant year-round.—Madeline Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library

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