A GIFT OF GRACIAS: The Legend of Altagracia
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, (2005) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A delightful children's book based on legends in the author's native country of the Dominican Republic. It "begins as Papa returns home from a trip to the city with an overflowing basket of oranges, like those he used to eat in his native Spain. That night, after Papa warns the family that they may have to abandon their failing olive farm, young Maria dreams of planting orange seeds, and a beautiful lady with a crown of stars, Altagracia, materializes in an orange-laden grove.. . Argentina-born illustrator Vidal uses small brushes and gouache to create lovely, stylized folk-art-style paintings" [Booklist] SIGNED on the title page by Julia Alvarez. Large format, unpaginated. ISBN: 0-375924256.