’Twas Nochebuena and all through our casa,
every creature was kneading tamale masa...
It’s Christmas Eve, and you’re invited to a Nochebuena celebration! Follow a family as they prepare to host a night filled with laughter, love, and Latino tradition. Make tasty tamales and hang colorful adornos (decorations) on the walls. Gather to sing festive canciones (songs) while sipping champurrado (hot chocolate). After the midnight feast has been served and the last gifts have been unwrapped, it’s time to cheer, “Feliz Navidad and to all a good night!”
Savor the magic of Nochebuena with a holiday tale you’ll want to read again and again.
Latin American holiday traditions and a host of Spanish words spark this zippy recast of Clement C. Moore's Christmas poem. A girl invites readers into her family's preparations for a boisterous Christmas Eve, a feast with all the favorite trimmings, and religious observations, too: "We clink our glass marbles and play loter a,/ while singing and laughing qu maravilla!/ When out in the jard n I hear such a clatter,/ I spring from my silla to shout, What's the matter!' " Descriptions of the montones of tamales, turkey with mole sauce, and freshly fried "bu uelos with cinnamon sugar" have a mouth-watering effect, and Palacios's mixed-media paintings of cheerful children, adults, and pets hum with an exuberance and anticipation that many readers will find familiar. A glossary is included. Ages 3 5. Author's agent: Natalie Lakosil, Bradford Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Kendra Marcus, BookStop Literary Agency.