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Explains the tradition of luminarias, small lanterns placed along sidewalks during the Christmas season, by imagining that the first luminarias lit the way to the baby Jesus, in a story accompanied by a twinkling cre+a6che scene.
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PreSchool-Grade 2?This picture book about the Nativity gives a possible explanation for the Spanish tradition of placing luminarias on walkways at Christmas. A kindly innkeeper, who is constantly awakened by people wanting to visit the newborn Child, finally realizes that something important is going on in his stable and sets out lanterns along the path to light the way. The gimmick of this book is a Nativity scene at the back with six lanterns that blink on and off, a la Eric Carle's The Very Lonely Firefly (Philomel, 1995). The story itself is appealing, adding a different perspective to the traditional scene. The watercolor illustrations give a nice sense of Biblical Bethlehem, although the innkeeper's outfit and nose keep changing appearance from page to page and the angel is a bit sappy and disappointing. Not an essential holiday purchase, despite the light-up lanterns.?EM
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Book Description Cartwheel Books, 1998. Condition: New. David Wenzel (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0590047094