December 16, 2009

A PINATA IN A PINE TREE/ A LATINO TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS



Book By Pat Mora
Illustrated by Magaly Morales
A Latin Baby Book Club Recommendation




A wonderfully imaginative story based on the popular song, The Twelve Days of Christmas, A Piñata in a Pine Tree follows a sweet little girl who receives fantastic gifts from her secret amiga. From dos pastelitos to seis trompos girando to ocho pajaritos serenando, this book does a great job of putting a Latin twist on the traditional Anglo carol. And the surprise ending will tie the story together nicely.

The book is written with both English and Spanish text interwoven together. Geared for more advanced speakers, the terminology is complex not simple, but readers have been given a glossary for reference in the back.

Morales’ illustrations are bold, beautiful and full of movement. The gifts are introduced in vibrant colors and depicted in a way that they practically jump off each page to embrace the reader. It is impossible not to finish reading this book without wanting to start over again.

An excellent book for Christmas, Spanish-speaking families will enjoy the cultural references and images. It provides parents and teachers with the opportunity to discuss the holidays, similarities and differences between American and Latin American traditions, Día de los Reyes Magos.