Charro Claus and the Tejas Kid (Bilingual)
Charro Claus and the Tejas Kid (Bilingual)
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Annotation: One Christmas Eve, Santa Claus asks his cousin Pancho to help him deliver toys to the boys and girls along the Texas-Mexico border, and when he agrees, Santa magically transforms him into Charro Claus.
Catalog Number: #5511350
Format: Paperback
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2008
Edition Date: 2008
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-933693-87-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-933693-87-3
Dewey: E
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
Horn Book
While spying on Tio Pancho, Vincent discovers his uncle is Santa Claus's cousin. Pancho is magically transformed into "Charro Claus," and Vincent stows away on a wagon pulled by flying burros to help bring Christmas to the border. It's a clever premise, but uninspired writing (in English and Spanish) and garish illustrations make this a disappointing effort.
Publishers Weekly
Grade 2-5-Vincent is spending Christmas Eve with his Tío Pancho; a retired mariachi singer who lives on an old farm near the border between Texas and Mexico. When Santa Claus arrives at the farmhouse looking for his cousin, Vincent is stunned to learn that his uncle is the jolly one's relative. His surprise only increases as he witnesses Santa transform his uncle into his helper, Charro Claus. Santa's magic powers also enable Pancho's old wagon and burros to fly him back and forth along the border; a border that he considers his home, and on this magic night, neither weather nor walls will keep him from delivering presents to children. Wanting to be part of the adventure, Vincent hides inside the magic sack of presents, not realizing that this act will turn him into another one of Santa's helpers. Garza's original text and bold, full-page illustrations will surely pull readers into the excitement of this new """"border"""" story. A wonderful acquisition for elementary and public libraries, as well as bookstores looking to enhance their bilingual Christmas offerings. Betsy Duarte Shepard, Wakefield Middle School, Tucson, AZ
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 Vincent, a young Texan, is spending Christmas Eve on his uncles farm near the Mexican border. When Santa shows up and asks Tío Pancho to help him out, he uses magic dust to transform an old mariachi outfit into a gold-and-silver sequined marvel and his old burros into lucha libre -masked Flying Burritos. Vincent tags along, helping Charro Claus deliver presents along the border. The text is in English and Spanish, and occasional Spanish words are sprinkled throughout the English version, but there is no pronunciation guide or glossary. The full-spread paintings are bright and energetic, depicting a brunette-bearded and caped Tío Pancho and brown-eyed Vincent enthusiastically distributing toys. A cheerful, if additional, purchase. Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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School Library Journal (10/1/08)
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 3-6
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.5 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q74790
Lexile: 620L
Guided Reading Level: T

Santa Claus, that jolly old outsourcer, enlists his primo Pancho to deliver presents along the Texas-Mexico border. Pancho's young nephew Vincente stows away in the present sack, hoping to get a taste of the gift-giving action. All Christmas Eve, they work their magic, not letting rain or cloudy skies or wire fences keep them from covering every inch of their newly assigned territory. A native of the Rio Grande Valley, Xavier Garza is a prolific author, artist, teacher, and storyteller whose work is a lively documentation of life, dreams, superstitions, and heroes in the bigger-than-life world of south Texas. His book Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel was a Pura Belpré Author Honor Book in 2012.

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