This is a very important day for many of my students, 99% of whom are of Mexican descent. Because she is such an integral part of their heritage, I wanted to share the book The Virgin of Guadalupe by Tomie dePaola today.
Goodreads is quite brief:
Recounts the appearance of the Lady of Guadalupe to a poor Indian farmer in Mexico in 1531.
I love that many of Tomie dePaola's books are not just bilingual, but cover Hispanic Christmas traditions as well (The Legend of the Poinsettia, The Night of Las Posadas). His writing is both simple yet informative and thoroughly enjoyed by both my students and myself.
The Lady of Guadalupe is a wonderful retelling of the story of Juan Diego, the poor Indian and his miraculous vision. It give so many details, both words and in the illustrations, I feel like I grew up knowing the story. It is a little bit longer than many of Tomie dePaola's books, but it has so many details and descriptions that it really didn't bother me as there were so much vital information. I loved that in the author's note, Tomie dePaola included information about the tilma of Juan Diego, and provided a little bit more information of why the painting on it is so miraculous.
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