‘Twas Nochebuena

twasnochebuenaWritten by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, Illustrated by Sara Palacios


This cute picture book takes “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and gives it a Spanish twist by interspersing Spanish words throughout the story. “Twas Nochebuena and all through our casa…”. At the back of the book is a glossary of Spanish terms. I read it to a class that didn’t have any Spanish speakers so I had them guess what they thought each Spanish word meant. Bright, colorful illustrations and the English/Spanish text make this a perfect book for Christmas time. The story is familiar but the author has made it her own and it’s a wonderful way to introduce students to how another culture celebrates Christmas.

Review by Jennifer Porter, Crestview Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades K-4

‘Twas Nochebuena
Written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, Illustrated by Sara Palacios
Viking
32 pages
Release Date: October 16, 2014
ISBN: 9780670016341 (hardcover)

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