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El mejor regalo del mundo: La Leyenda De La Vieja Belen / The Best Gift of All: The Legend of La Vieja Belen

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Retellling of the Dominican folk character, La Vieja Belén, who leaves gifts for poor children a week after the Feast of the Epiphany.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Alfaguara Infantil
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Abigail
In her third picture-book for young readers, Julia Alvarez again turns to the folklore of her native Dominican Republic, this time focusing on the legend of La Vieja Belen - a kind-hearted old woman so busy cleaning and cooking that she cannot find the time to accompany the Three Kings on their visit to the Christ child. Regretting her decision shortly thereafter, La Vieja Belen sets out in pursuit, stopping at every home she meets to inquire after this "king of the poor," and leaving a gift for ...more
Melba Deoleo
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This narrative tells the story of an old Dominican folk tale about La Vieja Belen,who brings gift to the poor children in the country after The Three Kings have come. This tale tells of how La Vieja Belen got started, which happended when she met Los Tres Reyes Magos/The three Wise Men on their way to see the newborn King, Jesus. They asked La Vieja Belen to join them, to which she responds she will follow later on. A week later she gathers her things and tries to find the newborn King, who she ...more
Sam Grace
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: ppl who like bilingual books
I didn't like it nearly as much Baboushka and the Three Kings. I like Alvarez usually, but this rhyming story was pretty whatever. There was nothing especially compelling about la Vieja Belen (unlike Baboushka), and I wasn't terribly impressed by the illustrations, and, I must admit, I'm not a fan of the bilingual text. That is, both the English and Spanish are fine, but they are too squished right next to each other. One or the other or a mixture, but no duplicates, please! It is already too lo ...more
Constance
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spanish-language
"El mejor regalo del mundo" is quite a fun story to read aloud for English reader's learning to read Spanish. I still find myself peeking at the English to find the meaning of a few Spanish words, which keeps that English translation essential. Truly, Julia Alvarez (author) Ruddy Nuñez (Illustrations) and Rhina P. Espaillat (Translation) and USA Publishing, Inc have produced a great childrens book I hope many reader's will enjoy throughout the whole year.

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Nancy
Oct 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Dominican religous history a female Santa...very nice story.
Andrea
Fascinating tradition of a special gift night for the poor from the Dominican Republic
Christi
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Nice retelling of the story of the Magi, good pictures, nice that it's bilingual
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Julia Alvarez left the Dominican Republic for the United States in 1960 at the age of ten. She is the author of six novels, three books of nonfiction, three collections of poetry, and eleven books for children and young adults. She has taught and mentored writers in schools and communities across America and, until her retirement in 2016, was a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College. Her work h ...more

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