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Hurray for Three Kings' Day
Carlson, Lori M.
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Publication Information:
New York : Morrow Junior Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
A Hispanic family enjoys the traditional celebration of El Diá de los Reyes, or Epiphany, by reenacting the long walk of the three wise men bringing gifts to baby Jesus.
Reading Level:
AD 540 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 2.9 2 Quiz: 20141 Guided reading level: NR.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Holiday
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Holiday

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Three Kings' Day -- the sixth of January -- is almost here! Anita and her older brothers, Tito and Tomas, walk in the streets the night before, celebrating and singing. Carrying gifts and dressed as the Three Kings -- Balthazar, Kaspar, and Melchoir -- they join the colorful procession in their town and visit neighbors.Spanish-speaking people all over the world celebrate the joyous Three Kings' Day -- also known as the Epiphany or Twelfth Night -- every January sixth. Award-winning author Lori Marie Carlson brings the holiday to life in this engaging family story about three children -- carrying gifts and dressed as Balthazar, Kaspar, and Melchoir -- who go from house to house in their neighborhood and reenact the journey of the Three Wise Men. Glowing oil paintings by Ed Martinez perfectly capture the warmth of this special holiday.

Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies 2000, National Council for SS & Child. Book Council

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. Anita and her older brothers are celebrating Three Kings' Day, which begins on the night of January sixth. The children, dressed as kings, enter a procession in their town. They carry gifts of make-believe gold, frankincense, and myrrh, knocking at the doors of friends and family and chanting, "Is this where we can find the child?" They're offered a tasty morsel along the way. When they return home, Anita places her shoes beside her bed, hoping the kings will leave gifts inside them. She also leaves hay for the camels, sending her brothers into gales of laugher because she still believes in such things. In the morning, the children are pleased to find gifts for themselves, too. Later, Anita finds the tiny doll baked inside the special cake, making her queen. This nicely appointed, straightforward presentation of the traditional Latin American holiday includes a glossary of the Spanish words Carlson weaves into the text, and has luminous oil paintings, imbuing the story with life. --Shelley Townsend-Hudson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Radiant oil portraits reflect the affection of a close-knit family and community in this fluid tale of the Latino celebration of Epiphany. Carlson draws on several traditionsÄVenezuelan, Puerto Rican and MexicanÄas she tells how one family commemorates the journey of the wise men, the children going door to door to ask where they can find the baby, then joining the procession through town. At home, there are gifts and feast day foods and, best of all, Anita finds the tiny clay doll inside the honey cake and is crowned reina, or queen, of the festivities. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Carlson has combined various observances of Spanish-speaking communities into one story. On the evening of January 5th, Anita and her two older brothers walk through the streets of their neighborhood dressed as kings. They go from door to door, looking for the baby Jesus. The young narrator explains, "On this holiday we visit friends and family to talk about and remember the journey of the Wise Men ." The text includes a sprinkling of Spanish words that flow smoothly and naturally throughout. The children spend the following day at home with their parents and relatives, opening presents and eating feast-day foods. Martinez's oil illustrations depict a warm, lively atmosphere and emphasize the youngsters' delight as they participate in the festivities. What is most appealing about this particular picture book is its unassuming presentation. Carlson keeps the story moving and does not allow the narrative to get bogged down in too many facts or details. She has found the perfect voice, a young girl who is excited by the unfolding events. This title may be used with Joseph Slate's The Secret Stars (Marshall Cavendish, 1998), which takes a magical approach to Epiphany.-M.M.H. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.