A Pinata in a Pine Tree
A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas
Publication Date: September 2009
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An award-winning author and a rising star artist have put a festive Latino twist on "The Twelve Days of Christmas," populating it with pinatas in place of partridges, plus "burritos bailando" (dancing donkeys), "lunitas cantando" (singing moons), and much more, all displayed in the most vivid colors imaginable. In this version a little girl receives gifts from a secret "amiga, "whose identity is a sweet surprise at the book's conclusion. There are things to find and count in Spanish on every page, with pronunciations provided right in the pictures and a glossary and music following the story. This joyous fiesta will warm even the coldest of hearts.
The author of award-winning books of nonfiction and poetry for adults and of many children s books, Pat received honorary doctorates in letters from North Carolina State University and SUNY Buffalo and is an honorary member of the American Library Association. Among her other awards are the 2006 National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, a Visiting Carruthers Chair at the University of New Mexico, a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship.
A former teacher, university administrator, and consultant, Pat is the founder of the family literacy initiative El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros, Children s Day/Book Day (Dia), now housed at the American Library Association. The yearlong commitment to linking all children to books, languages, and cultures and of sharing what Pat calls bookjoy, culminates in national celebrations in April.
Pat was named one of the Fifty Most Inspiring Authors in the World by Poets & Writers magazine in February 2010.
Magaly Morales's first book for Clarion was "A Pinata in a Pine Tree "by Pat Mora (Fall 2009). She also is the illustrator of "What Can You Do with a Paleta?, " and issister to the acclaimed artist Yuyi Morales. She lives in Mexico.