Home for Navidad by Harriet Ziefert

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Rosa is ten years old, and she lives with her grandmother, her little brother, and her uncle in a small town in Mexico. But her mother lives in the United States, trying to earn much-needed money to send home to her family. So Rosa has not seen her mother in three years. She misses her mama all the time, but most particularly in the weeks leading up to Christmas. This year, Rosa hopes her mother will finally be able to come home for Navidad and stay with her in Santa Catarina forever.

About Harriet Ziefert

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Harriet Ziefert draws on a true story told to her by Santiago Cohen for the text of this Christmas tale. This is her first picture book collaboration with him, though they know each other from their many years in neighboring New Jersey towns. Santiago Cohen is a Mexican-American author and illustrator. With a BA from UAM Mexico and an MS from Pratt Institute, Cohen has worked for many prominent publications and illustrated more thantwenty children's books. He has been the recipient of awards from Asifa-East, the Broadcast Designer Association, American Illustration, and the Art Director's Club.
Published September 29, 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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While Rosa’s daily life—picking corn with Tio Pancho, washing clothes in the river with Abuela—is harsher than that of most American children, Ziefert’s mood is nostalgic and upbeat, less disturbing to youngsters than Francisco Jimenez’s more intense and moving The Christmas Gift / El regalo de N...

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The miracle here is that after three years cleaning homes in Nueva York, Rosa's mother is coming home for Navidad and, best of all, to stay.

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