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 PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved