On Christmas Eve Pancho rescues a star from a cactus and receives the gift of happiness
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This somewhat forced picture book about the world's first pinata was inspired by a Diego Rivera mural. Years ago, at Christmastime in the village of San Miguel, young Pancho had rescued a talking falling star lodged atop the cactus in the town square. This deed has brought Pancho happiness for many years and one Christmas he decides to share his joy--and some gifts--with the town's children. Thus, the pinata, a decorated clay pot filled with toys and sweets, was born. The staid quality of Czernecki and Rhodes's ( The Sleeping Bread ) lengthy text gives the plot an improbable rather than a wondrous or magical tone. The anthropomorphic star mars the authentic flavor of a few of Czernecki's full-bodied gouache paintings. His folk-tooled borders--and palette of warm browns, pale pinks and rich reds--call to mind Mexican pottery designs. (Cactuses, hot chilis and bright panchos add yet more spice.) Young readers may be interested in the genesis of the popular object, but as a piece of folklore, this story falls flat. Ages 5-9.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Descripción Hyperion, 1994. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0786810076
Descripción Hyperion, 1994. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110786810076
Descripción Hyperion, 1994. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Brand New!. Nº de ref. de la librería VIB0786810076