A young Jewish boy is given a star to wear. At first he is proud of the decoration, but soon finds the star overshadowing him no one sees the boy, only the star. Lonely, frightened, and helpless, he watches as other star-wearers are led away into the night. This affecting allegory, rich with symbolism, educates children about the events of the Holocaust in a way that young minds can easily grasp.
Well known for the charm, humor, and beauty of his writing, Aquiles Nazoa was one of Venezuela\’s most famous poets. Here he delightfully retells the Christmas story, while young Venezuelan artist and designer Ana Palmero Cáceres provides enriching, marvelous paintings laden with symbolism and pathos. Presented as a series of altar pieces and richly decorated with gold leaf, Cáceres\’s paintings use symbols and animals native to the Americas as frames for the story of how simple, humble Mary and Joseph sought a place for the birth of their son.
With the signature style and extraordinary artistry that have won her a loyal following, Demi tells the story of how kites came to be. Long ago in China, holy painters would paint the townspeople’s wishes on paper to be left in temples for the gods to see and grant. But one day, an impatient mother who wanted her son to grow up strong and wise, had a holy painter paint a dragon, the symbol of strength and wisdom, on a kite. She then flew the kite up to the heavens where the gods lived so they would see the wish sooner and grant it more quickly. Kites also explains the significance of different kinds of kite symbols, provides information about kite festivals celebrated around the world, and gives clear, kid-friendly directions for making and painting kites. Demi combines, beautiful artwork, an easy story-telling style, and good solid information about one of the world’s most popular hobbies.