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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
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 and her family travel from New England to Miami to celebrate Christmas with her grandmother. Nina is not happy about the trip, but finds herself enjoying her Cuban grandmother's unique traditions. I liked this book for two reasons. First, the text is well organized; the first line of the text on a page is bold when a new event occurs. For instance, when Nina wakes up in the morning the text in bold reads, "The next morning, she wakes me and brings me into the kitchen." Second, the textual features help enhance the reader's comprehension. For instance, there is a glossary of Spanish words and phrases in the back of the book that correlates with italicized words throughout the book. The overall message is not to make assumptions about something before you actually experience it. ( )
  hollyjones | Dec 11, 2016 |
Nina is a young girl who is sent to her Grandmother’s house, on her father’s side, in Florida and is not happy about it because she misses her own family during the Christmas season. Once Nina arrives and spends the day with the other side of her family she realizes how important and fun her family is. She has so much fun hopping from house to house, celebrating with all of her relatives she is taken back. At the end of the book Nina learns that if you let people in they will surprise you. She is taken in by the culture her family has and next year wants to take her mother’s side of the family there to celebrate. ( )
  tanafernandez | Mar 1, 2016 |
I liked the book "La Noche Buena: A Christmas Story" by Antonio Scare. The book is a story about another way to celebrate Christmas and I like that this book pushes readers to think about another way to celebrate Christmas and the illustrations. In the book, Nina, the main character, is unhappy because she has to spend Christmas in Florida, way from her North-cousins and snow that she associates with Christmas. Her families preparations for Christmas teach the reader about Cuban Christmas and the traditions that are important to Cubans when they celebrate Christmas. Nina ends up having a great time and learning a lot more about her culture. I also enjoy the illustrations. Their colors add to the festivity of the book and are important in telling the story. The big idea in this book is that there are other ways to celebrate holidays, other than what you grew up with.
  may_tay_kay | Feb 22, 2016 |
La Noche Buena: A Christmas Story by Antonio Sacre is a great book for elementary school students. It talks about the traditions of La Noche Buena, which is Christmas Eve in Cuban culture. While many students in the United States celebrate Christmas, every culture has slightly different traditions. This book would help students to realize that other students may celebrate differently than them. This is a very detailed picture book, so I would recommend it for 3rd or 4th graders. ( )
  swarnk1 | Dec 8, 2015 |
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.

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 |
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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 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:23 -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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