Hurray for Three Kings' Day! by Lori Marie Carlson

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Three Kings' Day -- the sixth of January -- is almost here! Anita and her older brothers, Tito and Tomas, walk in the streets the night before, celebrating and singing. Carrying gifts and dressed as the Three Kings -- Balthazar, Kaspar, and Melchoir -- they join the colorful procession in their town and visit neighbors.Spanish-speaking people all over the world celebrate the joyous Three Kings' Day -- also known as the Epiphany or Twelfth Night -- every January sixth. Award-winning author Lori Marie Carlson brings the holiday to life in this engaging family story about three children -- carrying gifts and dressed as Balthazar, Kaspar, and Melchoir -- who go from house to house in their neighborhood and reenact the journey of the Three Wise Men. Glowing oil paintings by Ed Martinez perfectly capture the warmth of this special holiday.

Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies 2000, National Council for SS & Child. Book Council


About Lori Marie Carlson

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Lori Marie Carlson was born in Jamestown, New York. She holds an M.A. in Hispanic Literature from Indiana University and has taught at several universities. Carlson is also the author of seven books for young adults, including the acclaimed Cool Salsa. The Sunday Tertulia is her first novel. She lives in New York City. Gail Gibbons lives in Corinth, Vermont.
Published September 1, 1998 by Lodestar Books. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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PLB 0-688-16240-1 A thin story cloaks a list of the customs and foods associated with the sixth of January, known variously as Epiphany, Twelfth Night, or, for the Spanish-speaking family in this book, Three Kings’ Day.

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Carlson draws on several traditions--Venezuelan, Puerto Rican and Mexican--as she tells how one family commemorates the journey of the wise men, the children going door to door to ask where they can find the baby, then joining the procession through town.

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