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A Gift of Gracias: The Legend of Altagracia

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  63 ratings  ·  12 reviews
After their olive crop fails, Maria fears that her family will have to abandon their farm on the new island colony. Then, one night she dreams of a mysterious beautiful lady shrouded by trees with branches hung with hundreds of little suns. They are oranges like the ones Maria's parents once ate in their homeland, Valencia, Spain. That very day Maria and her family plant t...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 11th 2005 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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The new island colony is the Dominican Republic in the early 1500s and the mysterious lady becomes identified as Our Lady of Altagracia (Our Lady of Thanks). She comes to Maria in a dream during a most desperate time. Olives were a more successful crop in Spain where her parents are from and fail to thrive in this new colony. The family will likely lose their farm and have to move to the city. The sweet treat of the oranges her father brings from the port city follow Maria into her dreams where...more
Rachel Dalton
This story is set in the Dominican Republic and includes aspects of culture when it was colonized. I enjoyed reading it and think that students will be able to relate to the little girl.
Alvarez explains in an informative postscript that the story is based on childhood stories that she was told about The Lady of Altagracia who is the patron saint of her country, the Dominican Republic. The book introduces us to young Maria who dreams of the Lady of Altagracia and learns of a way to save her family farm. Inspired by the mysterious native farm worker, Quisqueya, her family prospers. The back of the book says that Vidal “used a magnifying glass and small brushes in gouache to bring...more
Miriam Garcia
Marias family is suffering from a bad harvest and because of it they would be forced to leave the farm. Maria has a dream one night that reveals to her that the best thing to do is harvest oranges. The story is in both spanish and English and tells about the culture of Spain.
This is a wonderful picture book for children that introduces them to the patron saint of the Dominican Republic and has magical tone that will enchant young readers.
Story of a Dominican girl whose dreams of Our Lady of Altagracia save the family farm. Beautiful drawings and well-written story.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Nice rendering of a legend from the Dominican Republic. It would go well with Tomie De Paola's The Lady of Guadalupe.
An adorable kids book. The pictures are beautiful and the story is precioso.
A sweet little childrens story..
Natalie Aristy
Interesting folk tale.
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Julia Álvarez was born in New York City. Her parents moved back to the Dominican Republic when Álvarez was 3 months old and she was raised there until she was 10, when the family moved back to NYC.

She is currently writer-in-residence at Middlebury College and the owner of a coffee farm named Alta Gracia, near Jarabacoa in the mountains of the Dominican Republic. The farm hosts a school to teach l...more
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