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A Doll for Navidades

A Doll for Navidades

by Esmeralda Santiago Illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez

Renowned Puerto Rican author Esmeralda Santiago remembers a poignant Christmas from her childhood in this heartwarming story of giving and understanding.

Las Navidades are coming. The house smells of cinnamon and coconut, crepe paper festoons the yard, and best of all, the Three Magi will soon bring presents to all the children. Esmeralda hopes they will bring her a baby doll. But instead, she receives something far more precious: she experiences firsthand the magic of giving and the power of her family's love for her.

Esmeralda Santiago's resonant prose and Enrique Sanchez's vibrant illustrations make for a heartwarming tale to share with all children.

4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Interest Level
Grades PreK - 3
Scholastic Inc.
Book Type
Read-Aloud Book
Number of Pages

About the Author and Illustrator

Esmeralda Santiago Esmeralda Santiago is renowned for her adult memoirs, When I Was Puerto Rican, Almost a Woman, and The Turkish Lover. The eldest of eleven children, she spent her childhood in Puerto Rico. She moved to New York in 1961 with her mother and siblings, at the age of thirteen. Esmeralda was once trained as an actress, includes Archie comics as one of her influences, and has attended Harvard University.
Enrique O. Sanchez Enrique O. Sanchez draws from warm memories of his childhood in the Dominican Republic to create the illustrations in this book. Primarily a fine artist, he has illustrated over thirteen books for children, including, A is for the Americas, Abuela's Weave and Look At Me.

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