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Federico and the Magi's Gift: A Latin American Christmas Story

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IT'S THE EVE of the Epiphany, or the Feast of the Three Kings, and that means the Three Wise Men, or Magi, will ride through the night sky to deliver gifts to children. Four-year-old Federico has misbehaved, and now he is afraid the Magi won’t leave him any presents. As his brother and sister prepare hay and water for the Magi’s camels, Federico stays by himself: Will he ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 14th 2004 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2004)
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Kathryn
Dec 16, 2008 Kathryn rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book; it was just the sort of cultural Christmas story I was looking for. The focus of this is not so much Christmas, actually, but on the Three Wise Men coming to bring gifts to the South American children on Epiphany (January 6th; this is actually where the "Twelve Days of Christmas" comes from as Jan. 6th is the twelfth day after the birth of Christ and when the wise men arrived at the manger with their gifts). Bright, wonderous pictures--plus, it's great fun to have a ...more
Lisa Carter
Federico and the Magi's gift is the tale of the Three wise men, which usually happens on the twelfth day after Christmas, Jan. 6. The story is a great little read for a cultural discussion on whither Santa is real or not or if the Three wise men are real or not. It opens kids perspectives that not everyone believes in getting coal in their stocking. Some kids worry about whither or not they have been good enough to have a present at all from the Tree wise men. The pictures add to the text and ...more
Dolly
Dec 30, 2012 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderful tale that helps to explain the Christmas traditions in Latin America. Spanish words are sprinkled throughout the tale, but it is easy to understand what they mean and there's a glossary in the back, too. The narrative is lyrical and magical and the illustrations are colorful and nicely detailed.

We really enjoyed reading this story together and we discussed a little bit of the differences between how and when we celebrate Christmas versus the Feast of the Epiphany that occurs
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Lindy
Cultural # 13 - Frederico's family is preparing for Christmas. The Magi (wise men) will ride through the night sky and bring gifts to the good children. Children place their shoes on the windowsill before they go to bed. Frederico sneaked out to try and see the Magi. He did see them, but he knew they only came to places where the children were sleeping, so he hurried home. The book uses a lot of Spanish words, which are shown in a glossary at the end of the book. I'm not sure which country this ...more
Shannon D. Hall
Aug 17, 2014 Shannon D. Hall rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story about the Three Wise Men, los Tres Reyes Magos. Follows a little boy, Federico and his story of wishing for a little horse, el caballito and the tradition of Christmas in Latin America.
Andrea Perrin
Aug 14, 2008 Andrea Perrin rated it really liked it
Vivid, detailed and colorful illustrations bring the reader to Latin America at Christmas time. Pair this book with a story about Chistmas in America and children can find similarities and differences.
Skylar Burris
Dec 11, 2008 Skylar Burris rated it liked it
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Enchanting pictures. Average story. Opened a whole can of worms about the Jesus/Santa/magi what's real what's not real thing.

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