With the help of her mischievous cat, Cecilia finds the perfect birthday present for her Tía.
Today is Tía's birthday! Cecilia wants to surprise her great-aunt with a very special present. But what could it be? Could it be Tía’s favorite mixing bowl that she and Cecilia used to make delicious bizcochos? Could it be a ball like the one Tía played with as a little girl in Mexico? With the help of her cat, Chica, Cecilia plants the perfect surprise. And Tía has a very special surprise for Cecilia, too!
About the Author
Pat Mora is a well-known poet and author of many children's books, including Pablo’s Tree. She divides her time between Cincinnati, Ohio and the Southwest.
Cecily Lang illustrated Pablo’s Tree and has also illustrated textbooks and magazines. She lives in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A Birthday Basket for Tia is a story about a little girl, Cecilia, who is preparing for her great- aunt's birthday. Her great-aunt Tia is turning 90 and they are throwing her a surprise birthday party. Cecilia wants to give her aunt something special, so with the help of her cat Chica, she puts together a perfect gift. She fills a basket with her and Tia's favorite things. She puts in their favorite book to read together, mixing bowl, flowerpot, teacup, red ball, and flowers. All the things in the basket represent Cecilia and Tia's relationship. In the end Tia is very happy with her gift from Cecilia. This is a very fun book with great cut paper illustrations.
In A Birthday Basket for Tia, Cecelia, a little girl of about 5-7 anos (years) of age decides to put together a birthday gift basket for her aunt who is turning 90. She gathers all of her aunts favorite things including a teacup, red ball, mixing bowl, book, flower pot, and flowers. Her aunt arrives to her surprise party and enjoys removing each gift from the basket. Then she dances with her neice without the aid of her cane. All throughout the book Cecelia's silly cat Chico plays by getting into the basket, sitting on the book, and putting her face into the flowers. This book is so understated in it's simplicity, the message of love and family comes through undiluted. Girls ages 5-7 should enjoy this book. It's 2nd grade reading level, but short enough that it could be read to a younger child in under 15 minutes. Some words are in Spanish such as anos, noventa, bizcochos, and hierbabuena, but the meanings are easily decipherable by non-Spanish speaking readers.
In this multicultural story, Cecilia is excited about her Tia's birthday. Cecilia and her cat named Chica try to figure out the best birthday present for Tia. Cecilia has great memories of her Tia and decides to give her Tia a present that incorporates her memories. The story ends with Tia and Cecilia dancing happily at the party.This book is very good for young children to realize that some people use different words to mean the same thing and it is exceptable. This book is also good for children to think about memories of their families. The book was definately believable which will connect the children to the characters.One activity would be to create a match game with the spanish and english translations and talk about how people from different areas use different sounds to mean the same thing. Another activity would be to create a birthday gift for a family member based on memories. I would have the children write and draw what they would give and why.