Christmas Tree, The / El arbol de Navidad

by Alma Flor Ada and Terry Ybanez

A cumulative rhyme begins "Daddy brought a Christmas tree" followed by a wordless... read more

A cumulative rhyme begins "Daddy brought a Christmas tree" followed by a wordless double page spread showing him carrying the tree into the home. Brief declarative sentences encourage careful looks at each way the tree becomes decorated in turn by Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Irineo, Brother Alfonzo, Aunt Mireya, and Mommy. The language in each new section is minimal, and the artwork created in acrylic paint on black paper is darkly hued, uncluttered, and cheerful. Ada's one-page note at the end tells about bombas, posadas, Papa Noel, Nochebuena, and the visit on January 5 of los Reyes Magos during her childhood in Cuba. (Ages 2-5)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1997

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