Josefina hopes her family will have a happy Christmas, although she knows they will miss Mamá. When she and her sisters discover that the Christmas altar cloth Mamá embroidered has been damaged, they are heartbroken. But Tía Dolores finds a way to help the sisters’ hearts begin to mend. As the villagers gather to celebrate the Christmas tradition called Las Posadas, Josefina finds that memories can bring comfort and courage. Christmas Eve is filled with surprises that make Josefina’s heart sing.
Paperback: 80 pages 6.125" W x 8.5" H Ages 8 and up
Booklist: These engaging, easy-to-read stories, with pleasing Latino characters and fast-moving plots, have been beautifully rendered in Spanish. Interestingly, and most appropriately, the translator has included a few New Mexico regionalisms and archaic terms that were common in the 1800s, such as “trocar,” “ansina,” “das la venia,” and “trujiera,” which add authenticity to the life and times of early New Mexico. (November 15, 1998)