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Celebrations/Celebraciones: Holidays of the United States of America and Mexico/Dias Feriados de los Estados Unidos y Mexico

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The United States and Mexico share many similar holidays. These special days reflect common values, mutual respect for family and history, and rich cultural heritages. Through folk art, Nancy Tabor shows the similarities and differences of each holiday.

Describes differences and similarities between holidays in the United States and Mexico, revealing facts about cultural and political history and emphasizing the unity the ...

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Overview

The United States and Mexico share many similar holidays. These special days reflect common values, mutual respect for family and history, and rich cultural heritages. Through folk art, Nancy Tabor shows the similarities and differences of each holiday.

Describes differences and similarities between holidays in the United States and Mexico, revealing facts about cultural and political history and emphasizing the unity the celebrations can bring.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Celebrations/Celebraciones: Holidays of the United States of America and Mexico by Nancy Maria Grande Tabor offers a bilingual look at a year's worth of holidays in both nations. In English text and its Spanish translation on each spread, Tabor explains some of the differences and similarities between holiday traditions in each country, with illustrations and statements that encourage children to discover the ways in which they are like those of another cultural background: "We celebrate by sharing who we are-our individuality and our diversity." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Beginning with New Year's Day, this brief overview of Mexican and American holidays proceeds month by month, through Valentine's Day, Presidents' Day (both Abraham Lincoln and Benito Juarez), Easter, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day/Dia de la Raza, Halloween/Dia de los Muertos, Thanksgiving, Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe, and Christmas. The chronological order follows the holidays of the U.S., but the dates of the corresponding Mexican holidays are clearly stated. The spreads, brightly framed and bordered with small, childlike drawings, contain the English text at the top and corresponding accurate Spanish translation at the bottom. A one-line slogan in both English and Spanish gives a quick, encapsulated explanation of the spirit of the holiday under examination. This limited, but sound overview of two corresponding sets of American holidays in neighboring countries will complement titles treating single holidays, such as George Ancona's Pablo Remembers and Pablo recuerda (both HarperCollins, 1993) and has a place in most school and public library collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Tabor's rounded figures, drawn with childlike simplicity, move over vibrant background washes in this introduction to the holidays of the US and Mexico. Writing both English and Spanish texts, she links thematically related days-Lincoln's birthday with that of Mexican president Benito Juarez, for example-as well as hewing close to the traditional list, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the two independence days, July 4th and September 16th. Boldly printed headings summarize the principal emotions associated with the holidays (Easter, for example: "Parading together, we rejoice in the new life that spring brings") while the main text provides the specific dates, manners of celebration, and-where appropriate-the similarities between the countries' differing holidays. Charming and attractive, this is a fine addition to both bilingual and holiday collections. (Nonfiction. 4-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570915505
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 401,979
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.08 (w) x 10.05 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Maria Grande Tabor is the author of several bilingual books for Charlesbridge, including EL GUSTO DEL MERCADO MEXICANO/A TASTE OF THE MEXICAN MARKET, SOMOS UN ARCO IRIS/WE ARE A RAINBOW, CINCUENTA EN LA CEBRA/FIFTY ON THE ZEBRA, and ALBERTINA ANDA ARRIBA/ALBERTINA GOES UP. Nancy is a bilingual teacher in Sonoma, California. She often speaks at schools, libraries, and conferences to emphasize the need for language-rich books in Spanish. She stresses the importance of understanding other cultures and the reflection of culture through literature in both her presentations and her books.
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