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Feliz Navidad : two stories celebrating Christmas
Feliciano, José.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Inc., 2003.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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"Cartwheel Books."
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Set to the lyrics of Jose Feliciano's song "Feliz Navidad" and illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner David Diaz, this unique flip book features two different, yet traditional, Christmas celebrations!

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-K. Is it possible to adapt an eight-line song into a successful picture book? Diaz has made a brave attempt in this presentation of Feliciano's 1970 hit, beloved by carolers (and detested by jaded seasonal shoppers) for its chipper, repetitive lyrics. The title page heralds Two Stories Celebrating Christmas, but only the press materials spell out what is meant: the artwork accompanying the Spanish words depicts a Puerto Rican parranda (a caroling parade ending in a feast, explains the introduction); the English words are accompanied by pictures showing a traditional American Christmas. Because Diaz's artwork is so abstract, there's not much to flag the shift beyond a decorative double-page spread and a few geographical hints (palm trees and red chiles give way to snowmen and evergreens). The song's fast pace will make using the book for a sing-along too cumbersome, but Diaz's cubist forms and stained-glass colors are as inviting as holiday giftwrap. Especially attractive for libraries serving large Spanish-speaking populations. --Ray Olson Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Rare is the presiding adult who will be able to resist singing along to this invigorating picture-book adaptation of Feliciano's bilingual pop-music carol. After an introduction highlighting the Puerto Rican Christmas tradition of the parranda (in which neighbors and friends carol and party from house to house), Feliciano's brief lyrics ("Feliz Navidad/ I want to Wish You a Merry Christmas/... From the bottom of my heart") come to life via Diaz's (Smoky Night) bold folk-art-inspired paintings. The first half of the book (in Spanish) shows parranderos in Puerto Rico; a middle wordless spread offers a quiltlike presentation of traditional symbols of the season (poinsettia, snowman, mistletoe, etc.); and the balance of pages (accompanying the English lyrics) depict merry-makers in a wintry setting. While calling each group of spreads a "story" implies more plot than actually emerges here, Diaz's compositions convey the joyous mood that holidays traditionally inspire in people, no matter where they live. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4-Like an oversized, multipaged, bilingual Christmas card, this gorgeous production's minimal text consists of the lyrics to Feliciano's famous song and emphatically wishes readers both Feliz Navidad and a Merry Christmas. Beautifully designed pages feature Diaz's characteristic stylized paintings and song lyrics in large, faux hand-lettered font. The pictures make reference to and contrast many Christmas traditions and symbols, and show that all cultures emphasize families and friends celebrating together. Two introductory pages introduce the parranda as a long-standing tradition in Puerto Rico and (somewhat gratuitously) a paragraph explains that "Christmas crosses all cultural boundaries." The subtitle depends on a very close reading of the pictures to decipher the two stories. Musical notation is not included.-S. P. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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