Santero's Miracle A Bilingual Story by Rudolfo A. Anaya

Santero's Miracle A Bilingual Story

Written by Rudolfo A. Anaya
Illustrated by


Santero's Miracle A Bilingual Story by Rudolfo A. Anaya

For ages 4-8. In this bilingual story of faith, Don Jacobo has a dream that, in the end, is a reminder that miracles do happen. Jacobo is teaching his visiting grandson Andres how to become a santero. Christmas is coming, snow is falling in the village, and the two are working on a carving of San Isidro, the patron saint of farmers. The half-finished carving stands in the living room beside the two oxen and the angel that don Jacobo carved earlier in the month. The snow-covered mountains are beautiful, but the road to the village is impassable. Andres's parents will not be able to get to the house for the holiday, and Jacobo's neighbor Leopoldo is desperately ill but cannot get to the hospital. Then comes Jacobo's dream; San Isidro is plowing with the two oxen and the angel is helping. But we don't plow 'til April, don Jacobo muses upon awakening. What does it mean? The night had been bitterly cold and don Jacobo must bundle up to go to the barn to feed his cows and chickens. As he steps outside, he can hardly believe his eyes. The snow-packed road is clear. Rudolfo Anaya's story of the power of faith, hope, and love will be enjoyed by readers of all ages.


The bright color illustrations practically leap off the page in this joyful and uplifting story meant to be shared.

A warm relationship between a boy and his abuelo and a Christmas season of miracles are the focus of a touching holiday tale by New Mexico's world-renowned and much-honored author Rudolfo Anaya. . . This sweet tale about the power of faith and love could well become a Borderland classic.

New Mexico's most-respected wordsmith spins a tale of Christmas and the power of tradition, faith and miracles. . . The resolution of this warm, magical tale is sure to be a favorite for children of all ages, and with the story presented in both English and Spanish, side-by-side, it's an oppotunity to stretch one's knowledge of another language. The illustrations are colorful, simple and sure to be pleasing to young readers.

About the Author

Rudolfo Anaya, widely acclaimed as one of the founders of modern Chicano literature, is professor emeritus of English at the University of New Mexico. Anaya was presented with the National Medal of Arts for literature in 2001 by President George W. Bush and his novel Alburquerque (the city's original Spanish spelling) won the PEN Center West Award for Fiction. He is best known for the classic Bless Me Ultima.

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32 pages


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University of New Mexico Press

Publication date

15th December 2004



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