Lullaby of the Virgin of Guadalupe

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Sleep, my little one, sleep
My precious, La Morenita says sleep
Let nothing disturb you and do not cry
I've come to sing you a lullaby

In December of 1531, an Aztec man--revered as a spiritual seeker of truth--received a splendid and holy vision. As beautiful music played, the clouds parted and a woman emerged, surrounded by golden flames. Telling the man she was the Virgin Mother, she entrusted him with a special mission: to build a chapel in her honor. But, the Bishops wouldn't believe his story.until the Virgin sent a special sign. To this day, people throughout the world honor the Virgin of Guadalupe and celebrate her feast. In simple verse, perfect for the youngest child, the story of this special encounter unfolds, accompanied by richly colored illustrations and a lullaby to sing toddlers to sleep.

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reSchool-Grade 3-In December of 1531, a well-respected Aztec man, called Cuauhtlatoatzin by those in his community and Juan Diego by the Catholic priests with whom he frequently talked, had an encounter at the foot of Tepeyac Hill. A woman he identified as the Virgin Mother asked him to go to the powerful Spanish bishop and request that he build a chapel in her honor. Juan Diego went twice to the bishop only to meet with refusal. The third time, however, he bore a miraculous sign from the Lady, and his request was granted. This version of the story is told in verse so forced that there is rarely a stanza that does not sound like the composer was casting around wildly for a rhyming word, any rhyming word. The large, lavish colored-pencil illustrations have a certain primitive charm, especially in the rendition of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and will appeal to children. The text concludes with the lullaby referred to in the title. This book is less accomplished in terms of both text and illustration than Tomie dePaola's The Lady of Guadalupe (Holiday, 1980; o.p.).
Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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