Wednesday, April 29, 2009


This is a spooky traditional winter holiday that comes from Northern New Mexico. Men from the village camouflage themselves as scary old men, then they come down on the children teasing them to make sure they are behaving. Raymundo and Amelia have moved recently to the village and they don't know what to expect from this holiday. When an "Abuelo," who turns out to be their Uncle shows up at the door, they are very surprised. The abuelos encourage the little ones to dance and sing. Afterwards, they enjoy cookies and empanadas.

Written by Pat Mora, illustrated by Amelia Lau Carling.

Ages 5-8.

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