Goodnight, Papito Dios / Buenas noches, Papito Dios


Popular Chicano author shares his family’s bedtime story with children in English and Spanish.

by Victor Villaseñor
Illustrated by José Ramírez
Spanish translation by Carolina Villarroel

ISBN: 978-1-55885-467-3
Publication Date: November 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Imprint: Piñata Books
Ages: 3-7

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“Papá, I don’t want to go to sleep. I’m scared.”

Everyone knows that the trick to putting children to bed is creating a bedtime routine, and in this new children’s story from Victor Villaseñor, he recreates his own family’s bedtime tradition.

Papá tells his son that every night when he was a boy, his mother would sing him to sleep with the turtledove song. “Coo-coo-roo-coo-coooo,” he sings, and tells the little boy about his very own Guardian Angel who will take him through the night sky to be reunited with God, or Papito Dios. “Then in the morning, you’ll come back refreshed, rested, and powerful as the wind.”

As Papá sings the turtledove song to his son, he reminds the child that Mamá loves him, the dog and the cat love him, and his brothers and sisters love him too. Even the trees and grass and the flowers that dance in the wind love him. Gradually, the boy drifts off to sleep, feeling safe and warm in God’s love and dreaming of the day when he will sing the turtledove song to his own children.