Monday, December 7, 2015

Bibliophile's Corner

Miracle on 133rd Street
Written by Sonia Manzano
Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

Amazon Description:
An urban family’s dilemma becomes a community celebration in this delectable holiday treat from Sonia Manzano, also known as “Maria” on Sesame Street.

It’s Christmas Eve and Mami has bought a delicious roast for a Christmas feast. But, oh no! It’s too big to fit in the oven. Jose and Papa need to find an oven big enough to cook Mami’s roast. As they walk from door to door through their apartment building, no one seems to be in the Christmas spirit. So they head down the street to find someone willing to help, and only when they do, lo and behold, the scent—the itself magical smell—of dinner begins to spread, and holiday cheer manifests in ways most unexpected.

Sonia Manzano from Sesame Street and two-time Caldecott Honor-recipient Marjorie Priceman have cooked up a Christmas tale about how the simplest things—like the tantalizing smell of Christmas dinner and the sharing of it—can become a holiday miracle.

My Thoughts:
This delightful picture book by Sonia Manzano lovingly embraces life in New York City during the holidays. The different customs and cultures captured by the cast of characters in Miracle on 133rd Street are a wonderful reminder that we all have important things in common - like family, friends, and food - and if we believe that, a miracle just might happen! The whimsical illustrations in this book add to the charm of Miracle on 133rd Street; it's a wonderful holiday book for any child.

Click here to learn more about the actress/author Sonia Manzano.


  1. What a lovely book this seems. And I love the multi-cultural theme.

    1. You're so right, Elizabeth. It is definitely a book that would fit under the diversity category, and it does it so effortlessly. Have a great week!