Carlos, Light the Farolito

Last updated Sunday, October 23, 2005

Author: Jean Ciavonne
Illustrator: Donna Clair
Date of Publication: 2001
ISBN: 0618130527
Grade Level: 4th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Dec. 2002

Synopsis: (from the publisher) This unique holiday story introduces a Christmas custom practiced in parts of Mexico and near the Mexican border of the United States: Las Posadas, a traditional reenactment of the Nativity. On Christmas Eve, Carlos is dismayed to see the procession of neighbors and friends coming up the front walk. His parents and grandfather aren't home yet, so it's up to Carlos to take over Grandfather's role as the Innkeeper. But he's so frightened, he can hardly breathe, let alone sing! Carlos's triumph over his shyness, and the joyful celebration that follows, make this a satisfying story for any season.

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Craft ideas:
•  Make your own farolito, with a yellow paper candle inside. Write your wish on the back of the candle.
•  Draw your own creative pi?ata ornament, or decorate one with your favorite scene from the book.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!