Item description for Erandi's Braids by Tomie dePaola & Antonio Hernandez Madrigal...
Overview In a poor Mexican village, Erandi surprises her mother by offering to sell her long, beautiful hair in order to raise enough money to buy a new fishing net.
Publishers Description The yellow dress Erandi wants for her birthday will look beautiful with her long, thick braids. But Mama's fishing net is full of holes, and there isn't enough money to buy both a new net and a birthday dress. The only solution lies with the hair buyers from the city. But Mama's hair isn't nearly as beautiful as Erandi's. Will Erandi have to choose between her birthday present and her braids? This touching tale of love and sacrifice is sprinkled throughout with Spanish words and expressions.
Citations And Professional Reviews Erandi's Braids by Tomie dePaola & Antonio Hernandez Madrigal has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1421
Publishers Weekly - 03/12/2001 page 93
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Studio: Putnam Juvenile
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.83" Width: 8.13" Height: 0.08" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Mar 19, 2001
Publisher Putnam Juvenile
ISBN 0698118855 ISBN13 9780698118850 UPC 051488006992
Availability 0 units.
More About Tomie dePaola & Antonio Hernandez Madrigal
Tomie dePaola (www.tomie.com) is the acclaimed author and/or illustrator of more than 250 books for children. His books range from autobiographical stories to retellings of folktales and legends to original tales, such as the Strega Nona books. He lives in New London, New Hampshire.
Reviews - What do customers think about Erandi's Braids?
A spellbinder Jun 12, 2003
When I read this book to my second grade class, they sit in quiet awe-- barely breathing, it seems. This story grabs kids, keeps them wondering what will happen and ultimately, moves them. This book makes for a memorable read aloud.
A beautiful story of a child's strength and generosity Mar 16, 2002
I spent two hours in a bookstore reading through books to find nice stories for my daughter. I couldn't believe the number of books that were negative, used words I wouldn't want to read to my child, etc. Then I found Erandi's Braids, and I cried when I read it. I bought it immediately, and read it to my daughter. It took several readings before I could get through it without tears... but she just thought I was such a good reader, because the mother in the book cries too! All that said, it is simply a beautiful story about a child's relationship with her mother, her modest pride, and her generosity despite her poor circumstances. It also gives a feeling for another culture with its use (and explanation) of a few words in Spanish. This is our favorite book.
Very heartwarming tale based on real Mexican history. May 15, 1999
This is excellent book written by a Mexican imigrant, Madrigal, who conveys the true meaning of selflessness. The illustrations by the reknowm Tommie DePaulo are beaughtiful and remniscent of the style of a master mexican artist. Very highly recommended.
Pathetic Mar 16, 1999
This publisher has been responsible for some wonderfully fun picture books in the past few years, but they really missed the mark here. Even de Paola's talented hand cannot save this slim and predictable picture book story. The writing is flat and didactic, a pathetic attempt that does a disservice to a rich culture.