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How to say Christmas in Cinco Puntos
How to say Christmas in Cinco Puntos December 2, 2008
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Looking for completely unique gifts that will remind your friends and family of the Southwest and the U.S/Mexico border?

The books at Cinco Puntos will give your gift list all the savory flavors and colors of our part of the world. Guaranteed! Here’s some suggestions for the kids and adults you love.

Anything Joe Hayes writes is always a winner. His newest collection of folktales is from Cuba. It’s called Dance, Nana, Dance / Baila, Nana, Baila, and is illustrated by Cuban painter Mauricio Trenard Sayago. It has thirteen beautifully illustrated stories. Like the green island of Cuba, these tales are full of warmth, laughter, magic and wisdom. And Joe tells them in Spanish and English in his own inimitable style.

This one is a real favorite. It’s Charro Claus and the Tejas Kid, written and illustrated by Xavier Garza. Yes, it’s true. Santa Claus does have a Mexican cousin. He speaks Spanish and English and he has a helper who is not exactly an elf but more like a sidekick. Santa’s Mexican primo can sing like a mariachi and his magic sack of toys has just the right present for every boy and girl. And nothing—neither rain nor wind nor wire fences—keeps him from delivering presents all along the U.S./Mexico border.

A Perfect Season for Dreaming, written by Benjamin Alire Saenz and illustrated by Esau Andrade Valencia, is just the right book for grandparents to send to their grandkids because it unfolds the sweet possibilities in relationships between the very old and the very young. Seventy-eight-year-old Octavio Rivera is a beautiful dreamer. And lately he has been visited by some very interesting dreams—dreams about piñatas that spill their treasures before him, revealing kissing turtles, winged pigs, hitchhiking armadillos and many more fantastic things! Octavio doesn’t tell anyone about his dreams except his young granddaughter Regina because she alone understands beautiful and fantastic dreams.

What Men Call Treasure by Robert Boswell and David Schweidel is the perfect gift for any adult. Legend says treasures lie deep inside Victorio Peak in Southern New Mexico. Schweidel and Boswell collaborate to tell a true story that becomes in its telling a post-modern parable about obsession, hope and humanity.

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