From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4?As the Day of the Dead approaches, Nando and his mother make preparations to remember Tio Fernando. Nando's curiosity leads him to ask the adults around him how his uncle's spirit will find him when it returns: "...Will I see him? Will he make noise? How will I know it is really him?" That night, Nando discovers his uncle's spirit in a place he least expects?inside himself. Levy presents this story in both Spanish and English from the realistic viewpoint of a child experiencing the Day of the Dead celebration. She relates the customs of this traditional Mexican and Central American holiday. Unfortunately, though, the author fails to bring Nando to life. The watercolor illustrations are done in somber hues and merely reflect the tone of the text, adding nothing substantial to the story. George Ancona's Pablo Remembers (Lothrop, 1993) and Fiesta U.S.A. (Lodestar, 1995) are excellent nonfiction choices on this holiday and are available in Spanish.?Maria Redburn, Collier County Public Library, Immokalee, FL
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Ages 5^-10. "The Day of the Dead is a time to remember people who have died, whom we will always love," Nando's mother tells him as they prepare to celebrate the holiday and honor Tio Fernando, who died six months earlier. After they decorate a makeshift altar, Nando's mother sends him to buy things that remind him of his uncle to take to the cemetery that night. Buying a "skeleton of marzipan candy and a cake baked narrow and skinny, like Tio Fernando," the boy wonders how he will meet his uncle's spirit. But after he and his mother have decked Tio's grave with marigolds and sung his favorite songs, Nando's heart is full, and he is sure that Tio Fernando knows that he is loved and not forgotten. Soft watercolor illustrations tenderly portray Nando's joyful experience. Including the traditional activities, and imbued with an authentic sense of the Mexican holiday, the warm, well-told story, provided in a bilingual format, will be welcomed as a picture book featuring a child's celebration of the Day of the Dead. Pair it with Ancona's photo-essay Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead
(1993) for a multicultural alternative to the typical fall Halloween program. Annie Ayres
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