Farolitos for Abuelo

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Hyperion Books for Children, 1998 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
2 Reviews
When Luz's beloved grandfather dies, she places luminaria around his grave on Christmas Eve as a way of remembering him.

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Review: Farolitos for Abuelo

User Review  - Callie Risse - Goodreads

At the beginning of this lengthy picture book, Luz loses her dear grandfather to pneumonia. The story follows Luz through the next year and how she continues to honor her grandfather's traditions. The end of the book even includes a Spanish glossary for students to reference. Read full review

Review: Farolitos for Abuelo

User Review  - Rachel Jessen - Goodreads

As much as I liked the story, what I adored was the artwork by Edward Gonzales. This book made me homesick for Santa Fe in the winter. The theme of a loved one's death, and how to remember that one is addressed. Read full review


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About the author (1998)

Rudolfo Anaya, an educator and author, was born on October 30, 1937, in Pastura, New Mexico. He earned a B.A. in English in 1963, an M.A. in 1968 and a second M.A. in Guidance Counseling in 1972 from the University of New Mexico. During the 1960s, Anaya taught in the Albuquerque public schools. In 1974 he began to teach at the University of New Mexico and earned the title of professor emeritus in 1993. Anaya's first novel, Bless Me, Ultima began as a trilogy including Heart of Aztlan (1976), and Tortuga (1979). This loose trilogy based on his life experience as a Chicano child, formed Anaya's reputation. Anaya mixed old Spanish folk tales based on the oral tradition with a theme of loss, specifically the loss of religious belief. In 1993, he won the PEN West Center Fiction Award for his novel Albuquerque. 1995 Anaya received both the El Fuego Nuevo Award from the Mexican American Educators and the Excellence in Humanities Award from the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities. Anaya has lectured extensively around the world. His works have been translated into many languages such as Italian, Russian and Japanese. With his wife Patricia, he founded the Aztlan Premio, a prize encouraging Chicano writers. Anaya resides in Albuquerque.

Gonzales is an artist and muralist.

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