Tomie dePaola's glorious paintings are as luminous as the farolitos that light up on the Plaza in Santa Fe for the procession of Las Posadas, the tradition in which Mary and Joseph go from door to door seeking shelter at the inn on Christmas Eve. This year Sister Angie, who is always in charge of the clebration, has to stay home with the flu, and Lupe and Roberto, who are to play Mary and Joseph, get caught in a snowstorm. But a man and a woman no one knows arrive in time to take their place in the procession and then mysteriously disappear at the end before they can be thanked. That night we witness a Christian miracle, for when Sister Angie goes to the cathedral and kneels before the statue of Mary and Jospeh, wet footprints from the snow lead up to the statue.
Paperback, 32 Pages, 4-8 years.
Encouraged by his family to pursue his love of art, Tomie dePaola studied at Pratt Institute and California College of Arts. During his career, he has created over 260 books resulting in numerous industry awards including the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Included in the exhibition Cultural Traditions: A Holiday Celebration on view November 17, 2018 through February 10, 2019 at Norman Rockwell Museum.