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The Santero's Miracle: A Bilingual Story (Americas Award for Children's…

by Rudolfo Anaya, Amy Córdova (Illustrator)

Other authors: Enrique R. Lamadrid (Translator)

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A Christmas miracle amongst characters who feel as familiar as one's own family tugs at one's heart. With every page, one can feel a growing bond between grandfather and grandson as they carve and paint saints, share dreams, and tend to the farm. Sensing the warm concern Don Jacobo expresses for his neighbor's health, one shares with him the desire for a miracle. There is no surprise then when they wake up to find the roadway clear of snow in order for the ambulance to arrive; the real surprise comes from the discovery of muddy footprints that Andres traces back to St. Isidro, the angel, the oxen, removing all doubt about who plowed the snow from the road.
Classroom Uses: Children can share their own holiday traditions ( )
  pumabeth | Jul 2, 2010 |
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Don Jacobo awakened to the crowing of a rooster.
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In this bilingual story of faith, Don Jacobo has a dream that, in the end, is a reminder that miracles do happen. Jacobo is teaching his visiting grandson Andrés how to become a santero. Christmas is coming, snow is falling in the village, and the two are working on a carving of San Isidro, the patron saint of farmers.

The half-finished carving stands in the living room beside the two oxen and the angel that don Jacobo carved earlier in the month. The snow-covered mountains are beautiful, but the road to the village is impassable. Andrés's parents will not be able to get to the house for the holiday, and Jacobo's neighbor Leopoldo is desperately ill but cannot get to the hospital.

Then comes Jacobo's dream; San Isidro is plowing with the two oxen and the angel is helping. "But we don't plow 'til April," don Jacobo muses upon awakening. "What does it mean?" The night had been bitterly cold and don Jacobo must bundle up to go to the barn to feed his cows and chickens. As he steps outside, he can hardly believe his eyes. The snow-packed road is clear.


Rudolfo Anaya's story of the power of faith, hope, and love will be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:16 -0400)

With Christmas only days away, it snows so heavily that Jacobo the wood carver and his visiting grandson are afraid the roads will not be cleared in time for the rest of the family to come from the city, and that a sick neighbor will not get the help he needs.… (more)

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