Cinco de Mayo-+Count and Celebrate!by Fredrick McKissack, Lisa Beringer McKissack
How many main colors are there on the Mexican flag? Can you count to ten in Spanish? Learn more in Cinco de Mayo-Count and Celebrate! Count people, symbols, and more as you explore this fascinating holiday.
Readers learn about this holiday via a simple counting book. The text starts with the one president who ordered the Mexicans to fight, two sombreros worn by two boys, three colors of the flag, four girls dancing, and so on. The numbers are superimposed on the full-color, full-page photos. Each spread opens with a question, and the answer is the featured number. A paragraph of explanation follows. End pages include counting in Spanish from 1 to 10, notes for teachers and parents, and a repeat of the numbers, with much smaller photos. The combination of counting book and an informational holiday book leaves both lacking. The text is contrived to go along with the photo that is used solely because of the number it represents and few real facts are imparted. Amanda Doering's Cinco de Mayo (Capstone, 2005) and Aurora Colón García's Cinco de Mayo (Heinemann Library, 2008) are better choices.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX
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