We haven’t had a chance to read our new library books because we’re off our library schedule due to holiday activities and just made it to the library on Monday. We have, however, had a chance to enjoy Nine Days to Christmas: A Story of Mexico by Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida. This Caldecott Medal winning book was published in 1959, and ‘though the story might seem a little dated, it is familiar enough to my preschoolers to keep their attention. It is the story of Ceci, a kindergartener in Mexico, who is finally old enough to attend her very own posada, or Christmas party. The posadas are hosted by different families on the nine nights preceding Christmas, and Ceci’s family will host the first one of the season! The details of Ceci’s day (i.e. shopping with the family servant, getting into mischief when she should be napping, going to morning kindergarten) provide a sense of familiarity that shows how childhood in other countries is similar to childhood in ours. However, the story also provides descriptions of some Mexican traditions such as the parade of the Holy Pilgrims and the breaking of the pinata. The story ends with Ceci unhappily sharing her pinata, but the pinata surprises her with its own special message. This story will be re-read here at the Hope house; in fact, it has already been requested again!
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