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La Noche Buena: A Christmas Story (edition 2010)

by Antonio Sacre, Angela Dominguez (Illustrator)

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Title:La Noche Buena: A Christmas Story
Authors:Antonio Sacre
Other authors:Angela Dominguez (Illustrator)
Info:Abrams Books for Young Readers (2010), Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:k-2nd Grade Readers, Multicultural Books, Contemporary Realistic Fiction, Picture Books
Rating:*****
Tags:Cuban Tradition, Christmas, Spanish Language, Family, Text-Set

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La Noche Buena: A Christmas Story by Antonio Sacre

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Nina is spending Christmas with her grandmother in Florida. Her grandmother introduces her to the Cuban version of Christmas Eve, La Noche Buena. She helps her family prepare for the by making marinade and helping her father. She participates in traditions like cooking for a feast and dancing.

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This book was really interesting to me. I have never heard of La Noche Buena so it was very interesting to read about the traditions that a different culture partakes in on Christmas Eve. I love the the author incorporates different Spanish vocabulary in the text. For example, the author writes, "I'm her favorite nieta, granddaughter." He teaches the reader a Spanish word and provides the English equivalent in the same sentence. He even includes a glossary at the end of the story for clarification. The illustrations are very engaging and colorful and really draw me into the story. I think that this is a great resource to use when teaching students about other holidays or even other cultures' traditions. They get to learn about a culture that they may be unfamiliar with. ( )
  tstato1 | Sep 30, 2014 |
Warm story of a Cuban-American family celebrating the Christmas holidays. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
A narrative story of a young Cuban girl that goes home to her Cuban roots in Florida for Christmas. She guides us through the different traditions and doings of a typical Cuban family during the Holiday season. Her family prepares a big feast and on the day before Christmas, which is Christmas Eve they celebrate and have a huge fiesta. This is a great book that can be easily in-cooperated in a cultural lesson for the holidays. The illustrations are very beautiful and the text also in-cooperates the usage of Spanish vocabulary. ( )
  ccbell | Nov 17, 2012 |
"La Noche Buena" is one of those books which not only provides a good literary experience, but also teaches something about the cultural similarities and differences around us. With excellent artwork that easily manages to capture the vibe and vibrancy of Miami's Little Havana, this book explores how Cuban-Americans celebrate Christmas with insightfulness and legitimacy. ( )
  edeidrich | Sep 11, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0810989670, Hardcover)

Nina is visiting her grandmother in Miami for Christmas. Usually she spends it in snowy New England with her mother and her family, but this year is different. She isn’t certain what to make of a hot and humid holiday, until she learns the traditions of her father’s side of the family from her Cuban grandmother. She helps prepare for the evening and takes part in all their traditions—the intricate cooking for the feast, the dancing, the music, and the gathering of relatives and neighbors. It all comes together for a Noche Buena that Nina will never forget.

 

Antonio Sacre and Angela Dominguez have created a wonderful story that everyone who celebrates Christmas will enjoy. The book includes a glossary of Spanish words.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:26:00 -0400)

While spending Christmas with her Cuban American grandmother in Miami, Florida, young Nina misses her usual New England holiday but enjoys learning about the foods and other traditions her father knew as a child.

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