Cinco de Mayo (Holidays and Festivals)

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Holidays are a time of tradition, sharing, and fun. This book explores the history, customs, and symbols of Cinco de Mayo. Learn how Cinco de Mayo has changed over time and the different ways it is celebrated. This beautifully illustrated history is also filled with interesting and unusual facts about the holiday such as why Cinco de Mayo is a holiday of freedom and what people wear to perform the Mexican Hat Dance. What You Can Do During Cinco de Mayo and Where You Can Learn More About Cinco de Mayo additional ...
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Overview

Holidays are a time of tradition, sharing, and fun. This book explores the history, customs, and symbols of Cinco de Mayo. Learn how Cinco de Mayo has changed over time and the different ways it is celebrated. This beautifully illustrated history is also filled with interesting and unusual facts about the holiday such as why Cinco de Mayo is a holiday of freedom and what people wear to perform the Mexican Hat Dance. What You Can Do During Cinco de Mayo and Where You Can Learn More About Cinco de Mayo additional resources are included.
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Children's Literature
This Mexican holiday has become one that has spread over the border, far beyond the states contiguous to Mexico to areas in the United States where there are large concentrations of Mexican Americans. As with most other books about this holiday, there is information about its origins—the story of the battle at Puebla and the bravery of a rag tag Mexican army under the leadership of Benito Juarez. The difference here is that this book looks further back into Mexican history to describe the three major indigenous groups that lived there—Maya, Aztek and the Tolteca. The brief history then moves quickly to the Spanish occupation in the 1500s and the French government's loans to the Mexicans. When the Mexicans could not repay their debt, the French invaded the country. The Mexican people struggle for five years and eventually won their freedom. When Benito Juarez became President he made May 5th, the date of the battle at Pueblo, a national holiday. Some of the foods, music, dances and other festivities are described, as well as the way that Chicanos (Mexican Americans) celebrate this holiday. There is a glossary (difficult words are spelled out phonetically in the text) and there is a section where readers can learn more. It includes books, web sites and museums. There is also an index and a very brief blurb about the author and illustrator. 2004, Compass Point, Ages 6 to 10.
—Marilyn Courtot
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Gr 2-4-Each book covers the history, customs, and symbols of its respective event, as well as specifics about how it is celebrated. For example, Chinese New Year tells how dragons, lions, and firecrackers became associated with the holiday. Information about "Things You Might See" and "What You Can Do" is also included. The short chapters are easy to understand and are accompanied by full-page illustrations. The pictures in Cinco de Mayo have vibrant colors and black outlines, while those in the other two titles are softer. Highlighted words are defined in the glossaries. These books are similar to Gail Gibbons's nonfiction holiday titles, but they have a bit more information. Solid, practical choices for collections needing more books on these topics.-Shauna Yusko, King County Library System, Bellevue, WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Table of Contents

The First People of Mexico 6
Living Under Spanish Rule 10
The Battle of Puebla (Batalla de Puebla) 13
A Holiday of Freedom! 14
Favorite Mexican Foods 16
Favorite Mexican Music 18
The Mexican Hat Dance 21
Celebrating in the United States 22
Things You Might See on Cinco de Mayo 24
What You Can Do on Cinco de Mayo 29
Glossary 30
Where You Can Learn More About Cinco de Mayo 31
Index 32
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