World Book’s Christmas in Puerto Rico is a richly illustrated, 80-page volume about Christmas traditions in Puerto Rico. The text and illustrations combine to show how people celebrate a favorite Puerto Rican holiday, from its roots in pagan rituals to its continued relevance in modern times.
Christmas in Puerto Rico begins with the ways that people prepare for the holiday in their homes and cities. The book introduces the tradition of parranda (caroling), depicts how streets and homes are decorated, and describes the delectable foods families savor as part of the traditional Puerto Rican celebration of Christmas. From the carving of santos (Nativity figures) and decorating with pine garlands to unique customs specific to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Christmas in Puerto Rico captures the spirit of the holiday on this Caribbean island. Also included are details about other Puerto Rican holidays that are celebrated at this time—the Day of the Innocents, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and Three Kings’ Day.
Christmas Around the World:
Christmas in Puerto Rico is a part of World Book’s Christmas Around the World series. Each volume includes detailed recipes for traditional Christmas foods, illustrated instructions for traditional national crafts, and words and music to beloved carols. The text is suitable for all grade levels.