When Christmas Feels Like Home

After moving from a small village in Mexico to a town in the United States, Eduardo is sure it will never feel quite like home. The other children don’t speak his language and they do not play fútbol. His family promises him that he will feel right at home by the time Christmas comes along, when “your words float like clouds from your mouth” and “trees will ride on cars.” With whimsical imagery and a sprinkling of Spanish vocabulary, Gretchen Griffith takes readers on a multicultural journey with Eduardo who discovers the United States is not so different from Latin America and home is wherever family is.

  • 32 Pages
  • 8" x 10"
  • 9780807588727
  • September 2013

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  • Eduardo’s immigration experience is conflict- (and drama-) free; but warmly colored, comfortably rounded illustrations do a wonderful job with the change of the seasons and the happy anticipation that the wait for Christmas can provide.

    - The Horn Book Magazine

  • Farias, an artist from Argentina, provides appealing illustrations with a muted palette matching Eduardo’s mood. A gentle, lyrical story that can be read year-round as a sensitive exploration of the meaning of home.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • Farias’s burnished paintings create a feeling of warmth and luminescence in every scene, while Griffith’s soothing, poetic language delivers a comforting message about traditions and transitions.

    - Publishers Weekly

  • More an affirmation of patience and fortitude than a Christmas story…A charming and worthwhile read for any time of year.

    - School Library Journal


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Common Core



  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
  • ATOS Level: 3.10