The Farolitos of Christmas

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Disney-Hyperion, Dec 25, 1995 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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First published in Fall 1995 to much acclaim, Rudolfo Anaya's warmly told tale of how the Christmas tradition of farolitos came to be has become a perennial favorite.

This season Hyperion Books for Children is proud to offer this special signed edition by Rudolfo Anaya, who has been called the godfather of Chicano literature.

This autographed volume, available while supplies last, radiates with the lights and joy of the Christmas season, making it the perfect gift to share with readers young and old.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The details of life in a New Mexico village ring with authenticity but Anaya's first picture book reads more like an anthropological exercise than a holiday tale. Luz is worried because her ... Read full review

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User Review  - AStall - LibraryThing

This book opens up our eyes to the cultures of the Hispanic people who live in pueblos. Luz is a young girl whose grandfather always cuts wood to light the way for the "shepherds" that come caroling ... Read full review


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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.

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