Cinco de Mayo

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What does 'Cinco de Mayo' mean? Who fought in the Battle of Puebla? Why do people celebrate Cinco de Mayo? The new editions of 'Holiday Histories' describe holidays and special days that are celebrated in the United States. Discover the history behind each holiday or special day. Learn why these days are important.

Discusses the holiday Cinco de Mayo, celebrated by Mexicans and Mexican Americans in remembrance of the Mexican army's...

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Overview

What does 'Cinco de Mayo' mean? Who fought in the Battle of Puebla? Why do people celebrate Cinco de Mayo? The new editions of 'Holiday Histories' describe holidays and special days that are celebrated in the United States. Discover the history behind each holiday or special day. Learn why these days are important.

Discusses the holiday Cinco de Mayo, celebrated by Mexicans and Mexican Americans in remembrance of the Mexican army's defeat of the French army in Pubela, Mexico, in 1862.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The straightforward text with many colorful illustrations introduces readers to this Mexican and now Mexican-American holiday. On May 5th Mexicans celebrate their pride in their country, heritage. and freedom. This book points out that the Mexicans, once free from Spain, were not really a united country and they ended up in a war with the United States. They also owed money to many countries including France. Napoleon III wanted his payment and he wanted to control Mexico. A war began and General Zaragonza and his army stopped the French at Puebla. The Mexicans won that day against very great odds. There is even a picture of a modern reenactment of the battle of Puebla. At the end of the book is a glossary, index and a list of three more books to read. While this book appears to be very simple, it actually provides a better understanding of the political situation than many of the others about Cinco de Mayo that are aimed at young readers. It is a good choice for a library and can be supplemented with one or more of the other books about the holiday to get a fuller picture. 2003, Heineman Library, Ages 6 to 9.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Two welcome series entries, each of which focuses on the history behind the holiday rather than the customs associated with it. Cinco de Mayo originated in Mexico and celebrates the winning in 1862 of an important battle against the French army. Juneteenth, which began in Texas, commemorates the end of African-American slavery. The meaning of each celebration is explained in basic, understandable language, providing a perfect lead-in to further classroom discussion. A lively combination of short chapters, bold text, vivid color photographs, and historical drawings and photos makes for attractive packages that will certainly hold the attention of young readers. Sarah Vasquez's Cinco de Mayo (Raintree, 1999) concentrates more on customs and Lola M. Schaefer's Cinco de Mayo (Pebble Bks., 2000) is very simple and written for beginning readers. Muriel Miller Branch's Juneteenth: Freedom Day (Cobblehill, 1998; o.p.) covers similar topics but is not as lively.-Sue Morgan, Tom Kitayama Elementary School, Union City, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432910488
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: Holiday Histories Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

A Day for Celebrating 4
Celebrations from City to City 6
Celebrations in Mexico 8
Why Do We Celebrate? 10
Mexican Independence 12
Mexican-American War 14
Money Trouble 16
France 18
The French Army 20
The Mexican Army 22
Battle of Puebla 24
Victory for the Mexicans 26
An American Celebration 28
Important Dates 30
Glossary 31
More Books to Read 31
Index 32
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