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August 10, 2016
Every Christmas, someone pulls out Clement C. Moore’s classic poem ’Twas the Night Before Christmas to read aloud. It never fails to evoke the spirit of the holiday season. As beloved as that verse is, we were happy to find an updated version, ’Twas Nochebuena. Readers who are unfamiliar with Hispanic culture can get a peek at one Mexican family’s holiday traditions. Readers who are already familiar with adornos and champurrado can enjoy a sense of connection to those who celebrate in the same way. Eating tamales can be just as wonderful as eating sugar plums! This is also well suited to blended families, tying together not only varying cultures but also two languages. (If you need a reminder, the book includes a glossary to help practice and teach Spanish words, especially those relating to food and holidays.) We’re sure this will have readers in your family saying, “Feliz Navidad, and to all a good night!”
December 9, 2015