Pedro The Angel of Olvera Street by Leo Politi
  

Synopsis

Pedro The Angel of Olvera Street by Leo Politi

This Caldecott Honor book from beloved children's book author Leo Politi, originally published in 1946, is set on Olvera Street, the site of Los Angeles' original Latino settlement, which is still preserved very much as it once was - a busy and colourful melange of small artisan shops, restaurants, and strolling musicians. Pedro tells of the community's Christmas tradition of the 'posada', a procession that re-enacts Mary and Joseph's pilgrimage to Bethlehem, and of the 'pinata', a papier-mache vessel filled with toys that children break open at the Posada's end. Pedro hopes to find a music box among the toys that will spill out of the pinata. But first, he is asked to don the red wings of an angel and lead the procession. Because he not only is costumed like an angel but also sings like one, he is asked to lead the chorus in the traditional Posada song. Music and lyrics for the song are included, and with them children may create their own Posada pageant.

About the Author

Leo Politi wrote and illustrated dozens of children's books, many of which are set in the Latino communities of Southern California. He won the Caldecott Medal for his book Song of the Swallows, first published in 1948.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
32 pages
Interest Age: 6 - 9

Author

Leo Politi
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Publisher

Getty Publications an imprint of Getty Trust Publications

Publication date

19th November 2009

ISBN

9780892369904


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