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The Manuela's Gift (Hardback)
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The Manuela's Gift (Hardback)

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Hardback 32 Pages / Published: 25/03/1999
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More than anything, Manuela wants a new yellow party dress for her birthday. But times are hard for her family and what she gets instead is her Mama's blue dress cut and resewn to fit her. Disappointed, she lays down under the pinata Papa has hung for her party and begins to dream that it is filled with new dresses. She also dreams that the pinata holds eggs for Mama to cook, rain for Papa's thirsty corn, and a strong horse for Grandmother to ride when she is tired. Thinking of her family, Manuela discovers that she has much to be thankful for. Kristyn Estes' poetic text and Claire Cotts' magical paintings make this a touching story full of hope and celebration.

Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9780811820851
Number of pages: 32
Weight: 415 g
Dimensions: 275 x 230 x 12 mm


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A girl hopes for a yellow party dress in Manuela's Gift by Claire B. Cotts. With drought in the land, times are hard in Manuela's village, and her birthday gift is a reworked hand-me-down, sadly, in blue. How she comes to terms with disappointment makes for an illustrative story.

The fluid, rhythmic text is well matched by large, brightly colored, primitive paintings, perfect for sharing.

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