Pablo was adopted.
The first thing his grandfather did upon hearing the news of a new baby was buy a tree to plant in his grandson's honor. Grandfather had to find just the right spot for this tree. Abuelito (grandfather)
thought about planting the tree in the front yard but it is too noisy. The rose garden
had too many thorns, so he decided to plant the tree in a quiet spot in the sun where he could watch it grow.
Every year grandfather has decorated Pablo's tree
for his grandson's birthday. One year he filled it with colored streamers, the
next balloons, then lanterns, and birdcages. Every year it is a surprise and
Pablo can hardly wait to see his tree this year! Finally the moment arrives.
Pablo gets to his grandfather's house and finds bells and chimes jingling on his tree. Of course, Pablo can hardly wait for his visit next year to find out how his tree will be decorated.
This picture book, included on the 1994 Americas
Commended List from the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (patmora.com), focuses on "the very special relationship
between a child and an older person within a Hispanic family" (Ayres). The illustrator
uses colorful, cut-paper collage to enhance each page like a family photo album. Warm
brown skin tones, hairstyles, and clothing reflect a modern Hispanic family.
The story captures the warmth and tradition shared
by this family. Grandfather loves to recount the story of how Pablo came into
his life and Pablo cannot wait to hear it over again. The use of Spanish terminology
intermixed with English, flows smoothly and adds to the overall authenticity of this Mexican-American birthday narrative.