Karen Stanton Papi's Gift

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In this heartwarming picture book for young readers that highlights the special, unbreakable bond between a daughter and father, a young Latina girl named Graciela struggles to overcome her disappointment when she does not receive the birthday present her father promised to send her by thinking about what he might need from her instead.

Graciela lives in a Central American country south of Mexico. Because of a drought, her father, Papi”, must leave their home to travel to the United States and work on a farm in California. Graciela is sad that Papi can’t be with her at their home to celebrate her seventh birthday. But, Papi has promised to send Graciela a special birthday present tied in red string in the mail. On the front of the package will be her name: Graciela Maria Reyes Rivera. Each day, Graciela checks the mail, and each day, she does not find a present. Graciela is angry and disappointed. Then she has a thought: maybe Papi could use a gift himself. Author Karen Stanton’s moving story selected as an IRA Notable Book for a Global Society features warm illustrations by Rene Moreno. This picture book celebrates the special relationship and bond between a father and daughter, despite a separation, and highlights a child's selfless act of love.

School Library Journal says: "Touching. . . . A few Spanish words and phrases add authenticity to the engaging text. . . . A strong addition to the growing body of picture books with Hispanic themes and characters."

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Karen Stanton is the author and illustrator of Mr. K and Yudi. She teaches children's picture book writing, illustration, and publishing at City College of San Francisco. She lives in Piedmont, California.

René King Moreno was born in North Carolina and received a degree in fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the illustrator of Under the Lemon Moon by Edith Hope Fine, and Fiesta! and Siesta, both by Ginger Foglesong Guy. She lives in Chicago.


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Kindergarten-Grade 3—Told in an authentic child's voice, Papi's Gift is the touching story of Graciela's separation from her father, who is earning a living in the U.S. due to a drought at home. He has been gone so long that the girl is "forgetting his face." Every Sunday, the family communicates by telephone, and one day Papi mentions that he sent Graciela a surprise package for her seventh birthday. The child imagines what must be in the box, and she waits and waits. When Papi says it must be lost, she becomes angry and doubts whether she will ever see the rain—or him—again. With time, Graciela sends Papi her own special package and learns to hope again. A few Spanish words and phrases add authenticity to the engaging text. Moreno uses pastels to render soothing, warm illustrations that have a Latin American flavor and elements of folk art. In almost all of the pictures, the central theme is family, and readers experience the close-knit group from varying perspectives. This is a strong addition to the growing body of picture books with Hispanic themes and characters. Oddly enough, Stanton never names the country where Graciela lives; many will assume that it is Mexico. Pair this picture book with Jacqueline Woodson's Coming on Home Soon (Putnam, 2004) to provide two views on separation from a beloved parent.—Barbara Katz, Parish Episcopal School, Dallas, TX
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