cover image A Doll for Navidades

A Doll for Navidades

Esmeralda Santiago, , illus. by Enrique O. Sanchez. . Scholastic, $16.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-439-55398-8

Caribbean breezes, not swirling snow, waft through this autobiographical picture book (adapted from a previously published essay) set on the sunny, lush island of Puerto Rico. Santiago (When I Was Puerto Rican ) recalls childhood memories and cultural traditions as a seven-year-old girl who, more than anything, wants a doll for El Día de los Tres Reyes Magos (Three Kings' Day, celebrated January 6). The warm bonds of family radiate in Sanchez's velvety acrylics, and readers can almost hear the parrandas (carolers) singing in the night. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)