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Day of the Dead: A Latino Celebration of Family and Life [Library Binding]

Carol Gnojewski

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Product Details

  • Library Binding: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers (January 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076601780X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0766017801
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19 x 0.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5–Children with an understanding of this holiday will gain more insight into it while those with no background will pick up the basic concepts. From the Aztecs' beliefs, to describing the symbols of the celebration such as the ofrendas, marigolds, pan de muertos, and skulls, the text is clear and easy to interpret. Variation in picture size, wide margins, sidebar trivia, and photos with bright colors welcome readers. One craft project is included: a pipe-cleaner skeleton. A great source to expose patrons to a cultural holiday celebrated across the country.–Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX
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Gr. 3-5. This colorful book from the Finding Out about Holidays series presents the Mexican history and traditions that have led to modern celebrations of the Day of the Dead. The first chapter not only tells how the holiday is celebrated in Mexico but also discusses how the celebrations reflect a cultural outlook that differs in distinctive ways from conventional American attitudes toward death and cemeteries. Throughout the book, the value of family and tradition emerges as the center of the celebration. Clear, colorful photos, ranging from mundane to quite beautiful, appear on every page of this attractive book. Back matter includes a good, simple craft project; a short glossary; and lists of recommended books and Internet sites. Carolyn Phelan
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4.0 out of 5 stars Symbols and significance of Day of the Dead Dec 7 2013
By LAUNA STOUT- Children'sBooks.BellaOnline - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
Skeletons and skulls are significant to the Day of the Dead. Some special traditional foods are presented on the altars and eaten as the family visit and speak of the family members who have died. There is a special bread, pan de muertos, or bread of the dead. This sweet bread is flavored with cinnamon or anise seed and is shaped into skeletons with candy faces. There are skull shaped treats made out of chocolate or sugar and sold at the bakeries. Skeleton toys wear clothes and are posed around town on bicycles and chairs. These skeletons are funny not spooky.

Through the United States in Hispanic communities families are celebrating the Days of the Dead. These fiestas may have candle lighting parties, altar making parties and even sugar skull decorating. Day of Dead celebrations are passed down from parents to children.

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