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La Noche Buena: A Christmas Story

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  61 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Nina is visiting her grandmother in Miami for Christmas. Usually she spends it in snowy New England with her mother and her family, but this year is different. She isn’t certain what to make of a hot and humid holiday, until she learns the traditions of her father’s side of the family from her Cuban grandmother. She helps prepare for the evening and takes part in all their ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Harry N. Abrams
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538am_Allison Nork
Oct 07, 2013 538am_Allison Nork rated it liked it
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La Noche Buena: A Christmas Story is a good read for students 2nd-4th grade. It would be good for reading alone and aloud as a class to generate discussion. It is about a young girl from the Northeast who goes down to spend the Christmas holiday with her family in Miami's Little Havana. She is leery about not spending time with her cousins like usual and knowing that there won't be any snow. After spending a few days being immersed in her family's culture she has fun and wants to bring the rest ...more
Sandra Madrid
La Noche Buena: A Christmas Story is a story about a girl named Nina who is used to celebrating Christmas with her mother in the Northern part fo the United States. In the book, she goes to Florida and celebrates Christmas with her dad. The celebration is centered on la Noche Buena. Nina helps her grandmother and other women in the family prepare traditional Cuban dishes while enjoying music and dancing, just like an authentic Cuban home. This book depicts an important holiday for the Latino ...more
Andrea Gray
Oct 07, 2013 Andrea Gray rated it really liked it
Grades K-3

La Noche Buena introduces readers to a Christmas Eve feast for a Cuban American family. Nina goes to Miami to visit her dad's side of the family for the Christmas holiday. She's excited to see her family in Florida but wishes her Christmas could be like it always is, with her mom and family up north and SNOW. She was told by her father that La Noche Buena is the best night of the year for many Cuban families and she soon discovers for herself, that her dad is right. The author mixes in
Margaret Chind
Nov 25, 2010 Margaret Chind rated it liked it
Recommended to Margaret by: Mary Ann Zissimos
Typically when I think of Christmas I think of cool if not out right cold weather and dreaming of snow that sometimes comes and sometimes does not. Although I was introduced to many different cultures and environments for Christmas through 17 Christmases. Now through the words of Antonio Sacre we're introduced to another cultural Christmas. Every family has their traditions and the Cuban-American culture is valuable to Nina's father's family and this is her Christmas with them. Through a ...more
Jose Juan
Feb 22, 2011 Jose Juan rated it really liked it
Shelves: muti-cultural
La Noche Buena captures how a Cuban family in Miami celebrates on December 24th. This is very similar to how my family celebrates La Noche Buena in California. My Mexican family loves to get together in masses during this special time. Everyone usually contributes some food or all the woman spend all day in the kitchen making tamales, champurado, and posole. The men usually hang out side cooking other foods like roasted chicken and carne asada. Some of the family likes to go to church at ...more
Dec 21, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it
This book makes a great read-aloud about holidays of different cultures around the Christmas season. The main character is spending Christmas with her Cuban-American Grandmother in Florida, where she experiences for the first time her family's traditions leading up to and on La Noche Buena, on Christmas Eve. I read this book to 3rd grade, and it was a great introduction to this holiday, to other Hispanic cultures (my students are primarily Mexican-American), and I also used this book to talk ...more
Jan 01, 2016 Roben rated it liked it
A young girl must go and spend Christmas in Little Havana in Miami because "it is her dad's turn to have her". Only he's out of town so she is spending Christmas with her abuela. No worries -- La Noche Buena is a huge celebration in the Cuban community and she spends her days getting to know family and helping out with the pig roasting. The actual feast is a huge celebration and she ends her Christmas - happy, loved, and eager to come return the following year. The story has quite a bit of ...more
The illustrations are nice, though I felt like it was text-heavy -- I think I have a probably erroneous bifurcation in my head between picturebook readers and old-enough-to-read-on-their-own readers and so assume that if it's a picturebook it has to be able to hold the attention of a pre-reading age kid and thus can't be too text-heavy (which might in and of itself be an erroneous understanding of pre-reading kids).

I enjoyed the story, except I'm grossed out by this Cuban norm that men can't com
Dec 09, 2011 Dee rated it really liked it
When Nina arrives at her grandmother's house it is a lot different than her home in snowy New England. She is greeted by her family and they have a great time cooking and having a good time as they wait for the best day of the year to arrive. Christmas Eve. They dress in their finest clothes and eat and dance until the sun rises on Christmas Day. They are tired but happy as they head off to bed. Nina discovers you can have a great Christmas as long as you are surrounded by those you love and you ...more
Jul 22, 2016 Kiersten rated it liked it
I loved learning about the Cuban Christmas traditions. I wish the writing (of which there was a lot--I had to condense parts of it for my two-year-old) had been a little more fluid.
Jan 05, 2013 Caroline rated it really liked it
A young American girl is sent to experience a traditional Cuban-American Christmas Eve with her grandmother in this vibrant picture book.
Rebecca Hernandez
Mar 08, 2015 Rebecca Hernandez rated it it was amazing
This book allows children to understand that La Noche Buena is the same exact holiday as Christmas. The only difference is that they celebrate differently
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Edward Sullivan
Oct 19, 2010 Edward Sullivan rated it really liked it
Warm story of a Cuban-American family celebrating the Christmas holidays.
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Multicultural Book 1 1 Dec 02, 2013 11:45AM  
Antonio Sacre born in Boston to a Cuban father and Irish-American mother, is a bilingual storyteller, author, and solo performance artist, based in Los Angeles. He earned a BA in English from Boston College and an MA in Theater Arts from Northwestern University. He has performed at the National Book Festival, at the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, the National Storytelling Festival, and ...more
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