Grandma's Gift

Velasquez, Eric

(Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Grandma's Gift
The author describes Christmas at his grandmother's apartment in Spanish Harlem the year she introduced him to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Diego Velazquez's portrait of Juan de Pareja, which has had a profound and lasting effect on him.
Publisher: New York : Walker, 2010.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 0802720838
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,27 cm.


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"I took out my pencils and began to draw my first self portrait."

"He later set de Pareja free, and de Pareja became a great artist himself!"

"La Marqueta, the Market one of my favorite places"

'If you want to taste traditional, you must make it traditionally,she always said."

"As soon as she took off her coat, Grandma headed straight to the kitchen and went right to work peeling and grating the root vegetables by hand--never with a blender...'If you want to taste traditional, you must make it traditionally,'she always said."


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The illustrations in this book have to be some of the best I have ever seen. A great opportunity to read aloud a wonderful story to the classroom. The story line is great, the illustrations are awesome, and it is a for sure read that students will enjoy. Also gives insight on Spanish culture which is another good thing.

This traditional piece of literature was wonderful. I would use this book in my class to help assist with a diversity lesson and just a book to have in my class library for my students. From the wonderful text to the awesome illustrations the author did an amazing job with telling this piece of literature. I enjoyed reading the Spanish text throughout the story with an English translation right next to it that helps me gain an understanding. I would definitely recommend this story to be read to children for higher learning of different cultures, beliefs, and traditions.

Grandma's Gift is a great story to read when discussing culture backgrounds and how they are different and similar to one another. Students will be able to get an idea of someone's cultural background. This will also help students learn that they have more similarities than differences with one another.

This is a wonderful story of tradition. Grandma's Gift tells the story of a young boy, Eric and his adventures with his Grandma during the Christmas season. He spends every winter break with his Grandmother in El Barrio because his parents have to work. This book describes Eric’s experience as he helps his Puerto Rican grandmother prepare for Christmas. The colorful, realistic illustrations bring one into the jolly, festive Christmas season. In addition, the joyous relationship between Eric and his Grandma is enhanced and encompassed in the paintings. I will recommend this book because as readers we can learn about holiday traditions, Puerto Rican customs, or family relationships.

This is an endearing book wrote from the point of view from a man, who was once a boy, who visited his grandmother's house for Christmas. This story is filled with Puerto Rican culture and has expression of one's pride and place in the world. The book also shows the importance of family and tradition. The book has great illustrations that will bring back memories of any childhood of visiting their grandmother's house during the holidays.This story talks about the influence that the boy's grandmother has on him wanting to be an artist and mark his place in the world. I recommend this book to anyone who loves being around family and values tradition.

I recommend this book to readers who are interested in the connection of family and community ties. The Puerto Rican culture is strongly expressed within this book. I think when people explore different cultures they have a better understanding of how the world in someone else's eyes work. The illustrations is the book are realistic and the color reflect actual paintings of Juan de Pareja in the book. There is Spanish in the text but I believe by the context clues, the reader is able to figure out what the characters are saying. This book is filled with cultural essentials and it is a great book to read as long as you are open to new ideas and tradition of other cultures.


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Grandma's Gift is about a young boy who spends his Christmas holiday with his grandmother in Spanish Harlem. During his visit, his grandmother takes him to an art museum where he discovers his passion for art. Because of their special bond, the grandmother notices his interest in art and buys him a sketchbook and color pencils to get him started on his new passion, becoming an artist.

This piece of literature is about a young boy who is assigned a written project over Christmas that he spends with his Grandmother. They are instructed to go to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. WHile at the museum the young boy and his Grandmother learns about Diego Velazquez, an artist who use to be a slave, whom became a great artist. After the museum they went back home to enjoy their Christmas Eve with family.

This story is about a grandson and grandmother Christmas vacation. The story tells how the grandson and his grandmother interact with one another during their Christmas vacation. During the Christmas vacation they visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art where the grandson learns about his family history.

This book is about a young boy who visits his grandmother for Christmas. One day, the grandmother took him to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where the boy was influenced by the artist Diego Velasquez. His grandmother bought him art supplies to play with, and he soon wanted to become an artist himself.

This book is about a young boy who was just released from school for the holiday break. He is spending time with his Puerto Rican Grandma while his parents work. His Grandma takes him to a museum where the boy is influenced to becoming an artist when he gets older. His Grandma buys him a sketch book and color pencils to help lead him in the direction of becoming an artist.


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