Manuela's Gift

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Chronicle Books, Mar 1, 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
More than anything, Manuela wants a new yellow party dress for her birthday. But times are hard for her family and what she gets instead is her Mama's blue dress cut and resewn to fit her. Disappointed, she lays down under the pinata Papa has hung for her party and begins to dream that it is filled with new dresses. She also dreams that the pinata holds eggs for Mama to cook, rain for Papa's thirsty corn, and a strong horse for Grandmother to ride when she is tired. Thinking of her family, Manuela discovers that she has much to be thankful for. Kristyn Estes' poetic text and Claire Cotts' magical paintings make this a touching story full of hope and celebration.

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This was a Hispanic cultured story about a young girl Manuela who awoke the morning of her birthday dreaming about her birthday gifts that she wishes to receive. She was dreaming about a yellow party ... Read full review

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Manuela's Gift tells the story of young Manuela who wishes for a yellow dress for her birthday. While initially upset about the dress she receives, she comes to realize the thought and love that went into the gift she did receive.

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About the author (1999)

Kristyn Rehling Estes lives in Pennsylvania with her family. This is her first children's book.

Claire B. Cotts is a fine artist who lives in Northern California. This is her first children's book.

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