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The Christmas Gift/El regalo de Navidad

by Francisco Jimenez
Illustrated by Claire B. Cotts

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 2000
32 pages
ISBN: 0-395-92869-9

Ages 4 - 8

Based on a short story from Francisco Jiménez's The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child (Houghton Mifflin, 1999), a bilingual (Spanish / English) picture book centers on one particular Christmas memory from the author's childhood. Panchito's family is too poor to help an impoverished young couple who knocks on their door just before Christmas, hoping to sell their few possessions. Panchito's family can not afford to buy even the smallest item, but Panchito's father finds a way to bring joy into the lives of both families. The obvious parallel between the couple and Mary and Joseph remains subtle in this quiet story illustrated in acrylics. CCBC categories: Seasons and Celebrations; Picture Books for Older Children.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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