From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3 Simple, to the point explanations are given for each holiday, including a brief history of why it is celebrated and the attendant customs. Back matter includes an Amazing Holiday Story! and a craft a paper-bag piñata in Cinco de Mayo
and paper flowers in Day of the Dead
. Full-color photographs appear on each spread. Dead
states that people celebrate on November 1 and 2 with no explanation of the difference between All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. These titles will work with beginning readers and as introductions to these holidays. Ann Heinrich's Día de Los Muertos
(The Child's World, 2006) with watercolor art, Julie Murray's Cinco de Mayo
(ABDO, 2005), and Carol Gnojewski's Day of the Dead
(Enslow, 2005) cover similar territory for the same reading level. Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX
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Amanda Doering is the author of more than 50 children's books. She enjoys writing for kids and helping them learn about themselves and the world around them. She hopes kids learn to love reading as much as she does. When she’s not reading or writing, Amanda likes to travel, hike, take photographs, and spend time with her bulldog, Hugo (who is not a bully at all).