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El dia de los muertos / The Day of the Dead (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) School & Library Binding – July 31, 2010

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Kindergarten-Grade 3 ;Barner introduces a tradition that may seem morbid to those not familiar with its practice or history. The Day of the Dead is a Latin American holiday observed for several days, beginning on Halloween. It is a joyous celebration of deceased loved ones through memories, songs, food, and dance, and Barner successfully captures that spirit within these pages. Rich colors and simple phrases guide children through a tradition that is anything but mundane. The festive and detailed illustrations add to the authentic feel of the book, which will serve as an excellent accompaniment to lessons about the holiday and will encourage further research. With its sugar skulls and colorful altars, this observance highlights the unique cultural differences that exist throughout the world. ;Roberto Zapata, San Antonio Public Library, TX (c) Copyright 2010.  Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Barner credits the work of Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada, whose engravings of skeletons have become symbols of the Day of the Dead celebrations, for inspiring this picture-book overview of the Latin American holiday. The rhyming English text follows a traditional nuclear family through their preparations and practices: “We celebrate our ancestors on the Day of the Dead / with offerings of flowers, sugar skulls, and bread.” Mlawer very deservedly receives marquee recognition for her unforced, unrhymed Spanish translation, which accompanies the text on each page. The illustrations of paper, pastel, pencil, and ink, set on brilliant double-page spreads, are celebratory and never spooky, even in the graveyard scenes, as the prancing skeletons and ghostly grandparents offer friendly smiles. With just a few short sentences and an afterword, this title presents an introduction to the holiday that is spiritual and serious, familial and fun, making it ideal for group sharing. Preschool-Grade 1. --Andrew Medlar

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • School & Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; Bilingual edition (July 31, 2010)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0823422143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823422142
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 11 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Luther on November 3, 2011
Format: School & Library Binding
A visually appealing introduction to this Latin American holiday. Nice summary in the back which does a great job explaining the holiday in a meaningful way to the picture book audience.
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My bicultural/bilingual kids have grown up split between Mexico and the US. They are no strangers to el día de los muertos (DDLM), but their friends in the US certainly are and often find our seasonal displays creepy. This beautifully illustrated and well translated book does a lot of work: it provides an excellent overview to those unfamiliar with DDLM; it reinforces traditions for those already steeped in the culture; and it gives kids who count DDLM among their family's traditions a sense of cultural pride. The illustrations are warm and cheerful -- not at all what the uninitiated might expect in a book that's ostensibly about a ritual honoring the dead. This book is the centerpiece of a día de los muertos celebration for my kids and their friends. We decorate sugar skulls, eat treats, build alters, scatter marigold flowers, and read this gorgeous book -- in English and Spanish.
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By Monique on December 27, 2014
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Bought this book to use for a Dia de los Muertos lesson w/ my Spanish classes.The quality of the book is great; colors are vibrant, the pages are strong. The story is engaging. My students loved it.
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By JustWen on February 15, 2015
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My daughter teaches Spanish and they do acknowledge this day, being it is both written in spanish and english, she can read it or have the kids read it during class, very fun book.
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By Rachel Woods on December 2, 2012
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Great book to learn about the holiday. Written in spanish and english; great illustrations. We will read it every year.
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