Gr 2-4- In Mexico and the United States, Cinco de Mayo honors the Mexican army that defeated the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Otto uses a first-person plural voice to describe the events of the day, "We celebrate with music and dance." "We have parades." "We hit the piñata." This approach is often distracting as there is no apparent narrator with whom children can relate. End matter includes directions on how to dance La Raspa, facts about Cinco de Mayo celebrations, and various activities that are held throughout the U.S. to commemorate this day. Also included is a recipe for a burrito and a map of the U.S. with states highlighted that were discussed. Vivid, full-color photographs, many full page, show people celebrating and proudly displaying the Mexican flag, and the captions, written in third person, provide additional information. Amanda Doering's Cinco de Mayo (Capstone, 2005) contains similar information for young readers.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo: With Fiestas, Music, and Danceby Carolyn Otto
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo continues National Geographic’s spectacular Holidays Around the World series with this joyous feast of Mexican culture—an annual event in Mexico and an increasingly popular holiday in America as well. Many mistakenly assume that the fifth of May is Mexico’s Independence Day. In fact, the date marks the anniversary of/i>
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo continues National Geographic’s spectacular Holidays Around the World series with this joyous feast of Mexican culture—an annual event in Mexico and an increasingly popular holiday in America as well. Many mistakenly assume that the fifth of May is Mexico’s Independence Day. In fact, the date marks the anniversary of a famous 1862 battle in which the Mexicans defeated the French. Known as the Battle of Puebla, the victory marked a watershed in Mexican pride and unity that echoes down to the present day.
With succinct text and dazzling photography, Celebrate Cinco de Mayo takes readers on a journey to discover the rich variety of celebrations across our country—from Texas to Minnesota to New York. This inviting book gives readers a flavor of the wide range of colorful holiday traditions: parades and pageants; races and rodeos; mariachi music and dancing; parties with piñatas and delicious Mexican foods. Children will learn how the largest Cinco de Mayo event in the world, the Fiesta Broadway, actually takes place in the United States, and attracts more than 600,000 revelers each year.
Mexico is our closest neighbor and the birthplace of America’s largest immigrant community; a knowledge of Mexican culture and history is increasingly relevant to students across the United States.
National Geographic supports K-12 educators with ELA Common Core Resources.
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Meet the Author
Carolyn Otto is the author of more than twenty books, including several award-winning children's non-fiction titles. She has also written poetry and fiction for children and adults. She earned her master's degree from New York University. She now lives in Colorado Springs, CO.
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