IT'S THE EVE of the Epiphany, or the Feast of the Three Kings, and that means the Three Wise Men, or Magi, will ride through the night sky to deliver gifts to children. Four-year-old Federico has misbehaved, and now he is afraid the Magi won’t leave him any presents. As his brother and sister prepare hay and water for the Magi’s camels, Federico stays by himself: Will he gIT'S THE EVE of the Epiphany, or the Feast of the Three Kings, and that means the Three Wise Men, or Magi, will ride through the night sky to deliver gifts to children. Four-year-old Federico has misbehaved, and now he is afraid the Magi won’t leave him any presents. As his brother and sister prepare hay and water for the Magi’s camels, Federico stays by himself: Will he get the caballito, or toy horse, he is hoping for? Will the Magi really come? This gorgeously illustrated storybook by Beatriz Vidal glows with warmth and holiday cheer, and readers everywhere will surely find themselves scanning the night skies for the Magi.Praise for A Library for Juana:“The text is perfectly complemented by Vidal’s brilliant, detailed illustrations that have the look and exactitude of Renaissance miniatures.”—School Library Journal...
|Title||:||Federico and the Magi's Gift: A Latin American Christmas Story|
|Number of Pages||:||40 Pages|
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Federico and the Magi's Gift: A Latin American Christmas Story Reviews
I enjoyed this book; it was just the sort of cultural Christmas story I was looking for. The focus of this is not so much Christmas, actually, but on the Three Wise Men coming to bring gifts to the South American children on Epiphany (January 6th; this is actually where the "Twelve Days of Christmas" comes from as Jan. 6th is the twelfth day after the birth of Christ and when the wise men arrived at the manger with their gifts). Bright, wonderous pictures--plus, it's great fun to have a Christmas story set in the summer! ;-p The inclusion of some Spanish words flows nicely with the story and does not detract for non-Spanish speakers. Under all the cultural trimmings, though, this is the typical story of a boy trying to be good so he gets what he wants from the magic gift-bringers.One caution for reading this to children--the Wise Men are clearly NOT Santa, so use your own creativity to decide how you might wish to address this.
Federico and the Magi's gift is the tale of the Three wise men, which usually happens on the twelfth day after Christmas, Jan. 6. The story is a great little read for a cultural discussion on whither Santa is real or not or if the Three wise men are real or not. It opens kids perspectives that not everyone believes in getting coal in their stocking. Some kids worry about whither or not they have been good enough to have a present at all from the Tree wise men. The pictures add to the text and are beautifully drawn. The characters are simple and not over done for the sake of the story. They aren't see through either, so it is a good balance on the characters. The book is more geared towards Latin American kids who may feel the same way as Federico, or even slightly left out (if their family doesn't celebrate Christmas).
This is a wonderful tale that helps to explain the Christmas traditions in Latin America. Spanish words are sprinkled throughout the tale, but it is easy to understand what they mean and there's a glossary in the back, too. The narrative is lyrical and magical and the illustrations are colorful and nicely detailed. We really enjoyed reading this story together and we discussed a little bit of the differences between how and when we celebrate Christmas versus the Feast of the Epiphany that occurs on 6 January each year. The author's note at the end also helps to explain the Latin celebration.
Beautiful story about the Three Wise Men, los Tres Reyes Magos. Follows a little boy, Federico and his story of wishing for a little horse, el caballito and the tradition of Christmas in Latin America.
Vivid, detailed and colorful illustrations bring the reader to Latin America at Christmas time. Pair this book with a story about Chistmas in America and children can find similarities and differences.
M.F. 5 stars
Enchanting pictures. Average story. Opened a whole can of worms about the Jesus/Santa/magi what's real what's not real thing.
beautiful illustrations but a common plot