Gauchada by C. Drew Lamm

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The gauchada offered in this story is a necklace—a token made by a gaucho’s own hand and given with love. First it is given to a grandmother, who cherishes it until she feels moved to give an unexpected gift to someone else. In this way, the necklace passes from hand to hand—from heart to heart. It travels farther than the gaucho who made it will ever roam. But each time the necklace is given, his story is told and his message is understood: Love is meant to be given.

About C. Drew Lamm

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C. Drew Lamm was inspired to write this story after she was given just such a necklace. She loved the necklace, but was even more taken with its story, which became the basis for this one. Fabian Negrin grew up in Argentina and was pleased to revisit the landscape of his youth for this book.
Published February 12, 2002 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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The familiar story of an object that is passed from person to person is given an unusual twist in this poetic, Spanish-sprinkled tale set in the pampas of Argentina.

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Next, the ideas grow a bit abstract and the narrative becomes labyrinthine: "Perhaps after the rains have again greened the pampas, perhaps after the cows stampede through the quebradas, perhaps after he has danced a thousand zambas, sometime after that… the gaucho who chose the bone and smoothed...

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