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The Lucky Grapes: A New Year's Eve Story



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Tonight there is a celebración for New Year’s Eve.

Rafa has been counting down the hours ‘til they leave.

It’s New Year’s Eve in Spain, and Rafa is excited to stay up for the first time ever to celebrate with his familia at the plaza. There’ll be fireworks and música and . . . grapes? Rafa finds out that he needs to eat a small grape with each of the twelve midnight chimes to bring luck in the New Year. Can he do it? Will he even make it to midnight?

Rafa frowns a little. The lucky grapes are small.
What happens if he drops one, or doesn’t eat them all?

Tracey Kyle’s read-aloud, rhyming text is sprinkled with words in Spanish, while Marina Astudillo’s authentic illustrations capture this popular tradition in all its joy and hope for the New Year. Young readers will be eager to count in Spanish with Rafa and experience this unique, enchanting celebration of culture. ¡Olé!

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