When Christmas Feels Like Home (Hardcover)

By Gretchen Griffith, Carolina Farias (Illustrator)

Albert Whitman & Company, 9780807588727, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2013

List Price: 16.99*
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After moving from a small village in Mexico to a town in the United States, Eduardo is sure it will never feel quite like home. The other children don't speak his language and they do not play futbol. His family promises him that he will feel right at home by the time Christmas comes along, when "your words float like clouds from your mouth" and "trees will ride on cars." With whimsical imagery and a sprinkling of Spanish vocabulary, Gretchen Griffith takes readers on a multicultural journey with Eduardo who discovers the United States is not so different from Latin America and home is wherever family is.

About the Author

Gretchen Griffith is a former teacher whose career covered multiple levels from Head Start to college freshman. She currently serves as the Carolinas volunteer coordinator for students who go abroad with AFS, a cultural exchange program. She has published in Highlights for Children, written professional curriculum guides, and published her first nonfiction book for adults in 2012. This is her first book for children. She lives in Lenoir, North Carolina. Her website is www.gretchengriffith.com. Born in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, Carolina Farias began her career as a children's book illustrator after working for several well-known animation studios. She currently lives in La Plata, Argentina, with her husband, Marcelo, and their two children, Sara and Francisco. Her most recent projects include Jesus Calling Bible Storybook, The Truth About Fairies, and Nursery Rhyme Readers: Humpty Dumpty and It's Raining, It's Pouring. Her website is www.carolinafarias.com.ar.