Magda’s Piñata Magic / Magda y la piñata mágica
A bilingual picture book for children about the birthday tradition of the piñata.
by Becky Chavarría-Cháirez
Illustrations by Anne Vega
Spanish translation by Gabriela Baeza Ventura
Publication Date: September 30, 2001
Imprint: Piñata Books
In an all-new adventure, Magda Madrigal returns in her second book to celebrate another family birthday. This time, Magda’s got a task that requires a little creativity–and a little magic.
Magda’s tío has purchased the perfect piñata for her little brother’s birthday. In fact, Gabriel’s piñata is so perfect that he insists that no on break it. What fun is a birthday party without a piñata? But how can the neighborhood children break that piñata without breaking Gabriel’s heart?
Magda’s so worried about the conundrum that she can’t get any sleep. Finally, with the help of her abuela’s resourceful little cat, Tita, Magda works some midnight magic and engineers an ingenious solution to save the party and the piñata.
The talented creators of Magda’s Tortillas/Las tortillas de Magda have reunited to delight children with a whimsical tale featuring the birthday tradition of the piñata.
“Magda makes an attractive role model for little girls in her compassion and inteligent approach to problem solving.”—Criticas
“A very appealing bilingual book for young children.” —Southwest Book Views
BECKY CHAVARRÍA-CHÁIREZ is a public relations consultant and freelance journalist. Her first bilingual picture book for children, Magda’s Tortillas / Las tortillas de Magda, was published by Piñata Books in 2000. She was raised in San Antonio, Texas, and now lives in Dallas with her husband and two daughters.
ANNE VEGA lives with her husband and two children in Nashville, Tennessee, where she works as an artist and illustrator. She studied at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio, and at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Her work has graced numerous book covers and her first book, Magda’s Tortillas / Las tortillas de Magda.
ATOS Interest Level: Lower Grades
Category: Picture Book
ATOS English: 4.1
ATOS Spanish: 4.1
Accelerated Reader Quiz #: 49690