Eric Velasquez Grandma's Gift

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Grandma's Gift

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This prequel to Eric Velasquez's biographical picture book
Grandma's Records is the story of a Christmas
holiday that young Eric spends with his grandmother. After they prepare
their traditional Puerto Rican celebration, Eric and Grandma visit the
Metropolitan Museum of Art for a school project, where he sees a
painting by Diego Velasquez and realizes for the first time that he
could be an artist when he grows up. Grandma witnesses his fascination,
and presents Eric with the perfect Christmas gift-a sketchbook and
colored pencils-to use in his first steps toward becoming an artist. A
heartwarming story of self-discovery, Grandma's Gift
is a celebration of the special bond between a grandparent and
grandchild.

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About the Author:

ERIC VELASQUEZ is the author and illustrator of Grandma's
Records and the illustrator of The Piano
Man, for which he won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New
Talent Award. His most recent collaborations with Carole Boston
Weatherford include I, Matthew Henson, which
received four starred reviews, and Jesse Owens: Fastest Man
Alive, which received two starred reviews. He is a graduate
of the School of Visual Arts and lives in New
York.
www.ericvelasquez.com

From School Library Journal:

K-Gr 3–This companion to Grandma's Records (Walker, 2001) is another memoir of Velasquez's boyhood visits with his grandmother in Spanish Harlem. This time it is Christmas. After helping to shop for ingredients and make her famous pasteles, Eric and his grandmother venture from El Barrio to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The boy has a school assignment to complete and together they discover the work of Diego Velázquez, including the famous portrait of Juan de Pareja. The woman nurtures the boy's fascination with painting by giving him art supplies for Christmas. This beautifully illustrated slice-of-life is sprinkled with Spanish phrases (all translated into English) and rich details about Puerto Rican traditions and culture. Velasquez's full-bleed paintings transport readers to another time and place and expertly capture the characters' personalities and emotions. A gift, indeed.Virginia Walter, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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