Can you believe this book?? When I opened up a box addressed to my little Jordi a few weeks ago I was floored! I thought this book was MADE for Jordi by my friends Tiz and Mike (they have bought us personalized gifts in the past) but it wasn’t. This is a real book AND it is signed by the author!!
So Tiz tells me over the phone that she went looking online for a book with Jordi’s name on it (great idea for a new baby gift!). Jordi being a Spanish name and very popular in Spain, something had to turn up. Well she found this book that is no longer published but it is still being sold by “more sellers” on Amazon. Tiz didn’t know (she was surprised to find out by me) that this book was donated from a public school’s library to an unknown source. The inside of the book is marked “DISCARD” in big, black Sharpie letters! How sad! But she was thrilled to find that the author had autographed it specifically for the children of the school and I also came to find out something very special about Jordi’s name.
When Jose and I decided to name Baby #3 Jordi Mateo, we thought about how much we loved it when our good friends Panos and Bea named their son Ulises Jordi five years ago. We fell in love with the name instantly. But Bea is Spanish and the name is common in her family. For us, we have never heard the name in Mexican households. We could have used Jorge or George! We almost named Santi-Jordi. But debated about the pronunciation in English and so on. Then when we found out we were having a third boy, we thought, who says we can not use a name popular in another country but not in ours? We decided to go for it but truly didn’t know much behind the history of the name Jordi. Now we have a book that tells us the story of this special Jordi and a little history on the name too.
In the dedication page it reads:
“Although Jordi’s Star reads as a folktake, it is an original story. The author’s love for folktales has lent the story its flavor of a traditional tale. Jordi is a popular name in Catalonia. Saint Jordi is the patron saint of Catalonia. To celebrate Saint Jordi’s feast day, April 23, friends greet each other with the traditional gift of a rose and a book.”
Greeting each other with a book!!!! Be still my heart! I’m going to start greeting my friends with books too! Diego, Jose and I already read the book and it is beautiful. It’s about a lonely Jordi that creates a special place for his first friend, a star, and then this special place attracts many more friends for Jordi. I can’t wait to read this story to our little Jordi. And thank you to Summitview School somewhere in Wisconsin. Their “discard” was our treasure.
Have you ever bought a book for a child because it had his or her name on the cover? I did for Diego and now I have to find one for Santiago! Have a great weekend!