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The Night of Las Posadas by Tomie dePaola
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The Night of Las Posadas (edition 2001)

by Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)

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Title:The Night of Las Posadas
Authors:Tomie dePaola
Other authors:Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)
Info:Puffin (2001), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 32 pages
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This book is about Christmas Eve being celebrated by a traditional play "Las Posadas". The couple who is supposed to play Mary and Joseph get stuck in a snow storm and Sister Angie, who runs the play every year, gets the flu and is unable to participate this year. It is by the grace of God that the play still goes on.

This book was interesting to read and learn about someone else's culture and how Christmas is celebrated. I would not say it was fun to read but I feel it was be okay to read to a class room to show how different cultures do things for holiday's.

Classroom ideas would be to have the kids say aloud what they do to celebrate Jesus's birth. They can learn how diverse people are this way. They can learn that there are other ways to celebrate things in life. ( )
  charli87 | Jul 15, 2015 |
I liked The Night of Las Posadas because of the mysteriousness in the story plot. While cultural and religious traditions may not be of interest to some students, the plot twist of the story may capture their attentions instead. Tomie DePaola’s illustrations are very detailed and colorful. Each page’s illustration represents a major point in the story. He also adds emotion to his illustrations as well. For example, one of the pages displays Sister Angie praying to Mary and Joseph with her hands in the air. I can infer from the picture that she is feeling a sense of contentment and blissfulness. ( )
  cfumai1 | May 2, 2015 |
In a little mountain village above Santa Fe, the community begins preparations for Las Posadas. Sister Angie is in charge of organizing the celebration and is proud that this year her Niece, Lupe and Lupe's new husband, Roberto, will portray Mary and Joseph. She tells the men playing the devils how to dress and what to do. Roberto is nervous about playing Joseph, so Sister Angie suggests they go to the see the wood carving of Maria and Jose at the church for inspiration.The wood carving includes a burro, but the town had stopped using a burro in the procession years ago. When the night of Las Posadas comes, Sister Angie comes down with the flu, and isn't able to attend the celebration. Lupe assures her Tia that they will make her proud. It begins to snow as the townspeople are busy making final preparations. Roberto and Lupe got stuck in the snow on their way to the village, and everyone anxiously wonders where they are. Suddenly a young couple with a burro show up, claiming to be friends of Sister Angie. They explain that Lupe and Roberto are stuck in the snow and that they have come to take their place in the procession. Father Vasquez gratefully begins the procession. The singers, candle bearers and devils all play their parts in the procession.When they arrive at the church, the mysterious couple vanishes, but Roberto and Lupe finally arrive, confused at hearing about the mysterious friends of Sister Angie. Sister Angie feels better and goes to the church to light a candle. When she places her candle by the carving, she sees wet footprints leading up to it and fresh snow on the clothes of Maria and Jose.
  joycecafe | Aug 12, 2014 |
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This is a good multiculturalism book. It is about an old Spanish custom in Santé Fe called Las Posadas, which celebrates Mary and Joseph seeking shelter in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. Sister Angie is so proud because her family gets to be in it. They start practicing and getting ready for it. On the night of the play it starts to snow really bad. Roberto's pickup had been acting up and the snow did not help. His motor ended up dying. So he got out and Lupe stayed in the truck. He went to go get help. Meanwhile everyone is wondering where them two are at. But in the end they made it just on time and everything went well. Also in the back of the book it has a notes page where it tells all about Las Posadas.

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This was a great book. I have not heard about Las Posadas so it was interesting getting to read this. It had great pictures and it was a good story. I love how it had the notes in the back of the book to give someone that does not know anything about information. This would be a good book to read at Christmas time discussing different customs.

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1. I would read this book around Christmas time when discussing different customs.
2. I would have them write a paper about how they do Christmas and their customs.
  olivialawson | Mar 23, 2014 |
There were many things I enjoyed about this book but it wasn't my favorite thing to read. I loved the illustrations more than anything in this book. The illustrations are bright and colorful and clearly show what is going on in each page. The illustrations show what this town looks like and how Las Posadas is a big event to this town every year. Different places all over the world celebrate Christmas differently so this book does a good job at informing the reader through a story how these people prepare themselves for this holiday. To this village in Santa Fe, putting on this production is a huge thing for everyone because it has been going on for so long. I liked the twist at the end where we think that the people portraying Maria and Jose are actually the actors when in reality this town may have seen a miracle. I think that the author's message was to show how different Christmas can be culturally and even to give a sense of hope with the miracle witnessed at the end. ( )
  ewestr1 | Oct 22, 2013 |
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Sister Angie has organized the celebration of Las Posadas for many years, in which the people of Santa Fe re-enact Mary and Joseph's search for shelter on the night Jesus was born. This year's performance promises to be very special. Sister Angie's niece Lupe and Lupe's husband, Roberto, are to play the parts of Mary and Joseph. But on the night of the celebration, a snowstorm hits and Lupe and Roberto's car breaks down on their way into town. And to make matters worse, Sister Angie is home sick with the flu. It seems that only a miracle will be able to save Las Posadas.

"Another beautiful offering from dePaola . . . The artist's distinctive acrylic artwork illuminates the story and radiates its reverence and warmth."(School Library Journal, starred review)

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At the annual celebration of Las Posadas in old Santa Fe, the husband and wife slated to play Mary and Joseph are delayed by car trouble, but a mysterious couple seems perfect for the part.

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