From School Library Journal
Grade 2-5-This photo-essay follows Juan and his brothers as they build a barrilete, or kite, for the celebration of the Day of the Dead. Juan lives in a Guatemalan village renowned for its huge kites, some of which are seven meters across. The progression from late summer into fall is marked by the stages in the process of kite building, which is both explained in the text and illustrated with color and black-and-white photographs. Despite occasional lapses in the narrative (for example, text dealing with kite making is interrupted by a page discussing the boys' mother making tortillas), the descriptions of the construction and flying of the kite are involving. The explanation of the festival itself is cursory; thus the book is best used with George Ancona's Pablo Remembers (Lothrop, 1993) or Tony Johnston's The Day of the Dead (Harcourt, 1997). Barrilete allows children to view another culture through the lens of a holiday.Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
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