Maria was feeling very grown-up on Christmas Eve as she helped her mother prepare the tamales for Christmas dinner. When she slipped her mother's diamond ring onto her finger, she only meant to wear it for a minute. But suddenly, the ring was gone, and there were 24 tamales that just might contain the missing ring. The illustator's warm oil paintings in deep earth tones conjure up a sense of family unity and celebrate the riches of South American Christmas.
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