Southwestern USA

Written By Valerie Tripp. Illustrated by Jean-Paul Tibbles

It’s going to be a difficult Christmas for Josefina and her three sisters who live on a rancho (ranch) in rural New Mexico.  Her mother passed away before the last Christmas and although her lovely Tia (Aunt) Dolores is there for them, all the girls wonder if the celebration will ever be happy again.  And then there’s Niña – the doll that was supposed to be gifted to Josefina last year by her mom.  No one knows where she is so it seems that one more happy memory will be gone for Josefina this year.

Despite all that, the family becomes busy with Christmas preparations and the book shares the beautiful Las Posadas tradition (see explanation below) as well as details of wonderful traditional foods and crafts (like “colcha” embroidery) that are part of this season’s activities.  Will Josefina be able to play Mary in Las Posadas?  Will Niña ever come back?  Will Christmas be happy again?  Check out this beautiful book to see how so many little Christmas miracles can help bring the happiness and wonder back to the season for Josefina.

Las Posadas – Originally a Spanish custom, this tradition of reenacting Joseph and Mary’s search for an inn (posada) before the birth of Jesus is celebrated in Mexico and also in the US Southwest, with slight variations.

Suggested Reading Level –  Ages 8 and Up

 




Josefina hopes her family will have a happy Christmas, although she knows they will miss Mamá. When she and her sisters discover that the Christmas altar cloth Mamá embroidered has been damaged, they are heartbroken. But T'a Dolores finds a way to help the sisters' hearts begin to mend. As the villagers gather to celebrate the Christmas tradition called Las Posadas, Josefina finds that memories can bring comfort and courage. Christmas Eve is filled with surprises that make Josefina's heart sing.
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Written and Illustrated by Tomie DePaulo

What is the celebration of Las Posadas?  Originally a Spanish custom, this tradition of reenacting Joseph and Mary’s search for an inn (posada) before the birth of Jesus is celebrated in Mexico and also in the US Southwest, with slight variations.

Here Tomie dePaulo takes you into New Mexico near Santa Fe where the celebration happens in one night.  A young couple dress up like Joseph and Mary and walk a path lighted by beautiful luminaries (farolitos).  They ask to stay at several doorsteps in the main square and each time they are met by a devil who won’t allow them to come in. The crowd boos loudly.  But on the last attempt, they are met by kindness and the doors are thrown open and they enter the church.  DePaulo’s story shares these rich details and also a Christmas miracle when the two young people intended as Mary and Joseph cannot make it into town because of snow.  Will the celebration be ruined – or will something even more special happen?

Check out this beautiful book to find out!




Tomie dePaola's glorious paintings are as luminous as the farolitos that light up on the Plaza in Santa Fe for the procession of Las Posadas, the tradition in which Mary and Joseph go from door to door seeking shelter at the inn on Christmas Eve.This year Sister Angie, who is always in charge of the clebration, has to stay home with the flu, and Lupe and Roberto, who are to play Mary and Joseph, get caught in a snowstorm. But a man and a woman no one knows arrive in time to take their place in the procession and then mysteriously disappear at the end before they can be thanked.That night we witness a Christian miracle, for when Sister Angie goes to the cathedral and kneels before the statue of Mary and Jospeh, wet footprints from the snow lead up to the statue.
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Written by Valerie Tripp
Josefina’s family was originally from Mexico but live on a rancho (ranch) in the US Southwest.  This “American Girl” tale shares her struggles to learn the piano and how she overcomes frustration to find where her own talents lie. This short story about Josefina is followed by beautiful historical documentation of life in the US Southwest.
Reading level: Ages 4-8



Nine-year-old Josefina wants to give up learning to play the piano until she sees how much joy her music gives to her baby nephew. Discusses the importance of music on the New Mexican frontier and describes how to dance La Vaquerita.
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Written by Valerie Tripp
Josefina’s family was originally from Mexico but live on a rancho (ranch) in the US Southwest.  This “American Girl” tale shares her struggles to learn the piano and how she overcomes frustration to find where her own talents lie. This short story about Josefina is followed by beautiful historical documentation of life in the US Southwest.
Reading level: Ages 4-8



Nine-year-old Josefina wants to give up learning to play the piano until she sees how much joy her music gives to her baby nephew. Discusses the importance of music on the New Mexican frontier and describes how to dance La Vaquerita.
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Written  by Luna Rising Editors
The Three Little Pigs story is retold here in true southwest style.  Only here the pigs are hairy little javelinas (relatives to pigs).  Whimsical, comical illustrations plus a nice blend of Native American and Southwestern folklore make this a great twist on an old classic story.
Reading Level:Grades 2 – 4
Spanish Version
  
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