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Miracle on 133rd Street

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Neighbors come together in lively urban Christmas tale.

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With a light touch and exuberant art, this urban Christmas tale shows neighbors coming together to forget their troubles and share a feast. It's told through the eys of sensitive, upbeat young Jose, who notices how every Christmas his mother gets homesick for Puerto Rico. He also notes the holiday complaints of the building's ethnically diverse residents -- the Santiagos, the Wozenskys, the DiPalmas, Mr. Franklin, and Mrs. Whitman.

The relationships among family members, neighbors, and shopkeepers are charming. And the openness and generosity that build as the story goes on is inspiring. Marjorie Priceman's vibrant art sweeps the reader along first with wisps of snow and wind, then with the swirls of the roast's aroma. A lovely holiday story with a joyful message.

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