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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids will learn a lot about the Latin American traditions of Nochebuena, particularly the customs (foods, songs, practices, games) of Mexican American families who celebrate the holiday with extended family and friends.
There's something extremely special and even magical about Christmas Eve when you have so much to celebrate with your family, from tortillas to a game of Lotería to presents after midnight.
Positive Role Models
The main character has a loving and supportive immediate and extended family. They have rich holiday traditions that bind siblings, cousins, grandparents, and neighbors together.
Centers a Mexican American multigenerational family and spotlights their culture and traditions.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 'Twas Nochebuena is a bilingual (but mostly in English) homage to the classic poem "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," exploring the many traditions that accompany a Latino family's celebration of Nochebuena. Narrated by a young Latina girl who lives in a multigenerational household, the holiday picture book will teach readers about her favorite aspects of Christmas Eve, from cooking and decorating to playing games and opening presents.
Is It Any Good?
This delightful picture book captures beautiful Latino holiday traditions. Families who celebrate Nochebuena will be particularly touched by the story (even if your family may have slightly different cuisine or play different games), but everyone who celebrates Christmas will find this a worthy addition to the holiday bookshelf. Using the same structure of Clement Moore's classic Christmas poem, author Roseanne Greenfield Thong artfully weaves in Spanish words and traditions, explaining why in most Latino families, Christmas Eve and not Christmas Day is considered the main event of the holiday season.
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