Thursday, January 19, 2017

Book Review and Activity of Las Estrellas de los Reyes Magos

            Las estrellas de los Reyes Magos                    

Con vivas ilustraciones y profundo mensaje, Benjamín descubre una tradición milenaria.

La historia comienza en una noche clara llena de estrellas cuando Benjamín distingue tres estrellas brillantes que centellean más que las otras. Cuando va a visitar a su abuelo, él le explica la historia mágica de las estrellas y la conexión entre la constelación de Orión y las tres estrellas de los Reyes.
Niño y abuelo dialogan acerca de la celebración tradicional y cómo sigue siendo similar hasta hoy en Hispanoamérica. Es costumbre preparar una caja de heno y agua para los camellos la noche antes de la gran fiesta ya que los reyes magos han recorrido una larga distancia. Los Reyes traen los regalos a los niños como ellos trajeron regalos una vez. 

La conversación termina con la esperanza de que esta tradición permanece para siempre.
With vivid illustrations and thoughtful message, Benjamin discovers an ancient tradition.

The story begins in a clear night full of stars, Benjamin differentiates three in particular that twinkled more than the others. When he went to visit his grandfather, he explains him the magical story behind those stars and the connection between Orion Constellation and the Three Kings Stars.

Child and Grandfather dialogue about the traditional Spanish celebration and how it remains similar until today. It is a custom to prepare water and a box of hay for the camels the night before the Great feast since the Three Kings have traveled a long distance. The Kings bring the presents to the children as they brought presents once. 
The conversation ends hoping this tradition remains forever.

Activity to Las Estrellas de los Reyes Magos
designed by Maritza M. Mejía

I’m reviewing this book as part of the Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators. 
Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that.
Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include Scholastic, Barefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. Roman, Audrey PressCandlewick Press Fathers IncorporatedKidLitTV, Capstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle Swift, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee& Low Books, The Pack-n-Go Girls, Live Oak Media, Author Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books
 We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also work tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

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