This delightful story written by Antonio Sacre and illustrated by Angela Dominguez is an excellent addition to your holiday collection of books that is perfect for reading to your child as the season draws nearer. La Noche Buena, A Christmas Story is filled with gorgeous, nostalgic illustrations, as it introduces the holiday traditions typically celebrated by Cubans and Cuban-Americans.
Nina is visiting her grandmother in Miami for Christmas. Usually she spends it in snowy New England with her mother and her family, but this year is different. She isn’t certain what to make of a hot and humid holiday, until she learns the traditions of her father’s side of the family from her Cuban grandmother. She helps prepare for the evening and takes part in all their traditions—the intricate cooking for the feast, the dancing, the music, and the gathering of relatives and neighbors. It all comes together for a Noche Buena that Nina will never forget.
Besides the lively illustrations, parents will love the bilingual aspect of La Noche Buena, as it even features a glossary of Spanish words for your child (and you!) to learn. While this makes a fantastic gift this season, it will also be appreciated given early to enjoy reading together through the season.
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