Cinco de Mayo: Celebrating the Traditions of Mexico

Cinco de Mayo: Celebrating the Traditions of Mexico

by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
     
 

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Just in time for May 5, celebrate the Mexican holiday that's rapidly growing in popularity in this festive and fact-filled photo-essay.

Every Cinco de Mayo, Rosa and her family cheer at a parade and enjoy delicious Mexican food. But what exactly is Cinco de Mayo? Although many people think May fifth marks Mexico's independence, the holiday is actually the… See more details below

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Just in time for May 5, celebrate the Mexican holiday that's rapidly growing in popularity in this festive and fact-filled photo-essay.

Every Cinco de Mayo, Rosa and her family cheer at a parade and enjoy delicious Mexican food. But what exactly is Cinco de Mayo? Although many people think May fifth marks Mexico's independence, the holiday is actually the anniversary of a decisive battle against foreign occupiers. Today, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated by many Mexican-Americans as well. Follow Rosa, a vivacious Mexican-American girl from California, as she learns about her heritage and celebrates the holiday with her family, friends, and community.

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School Library Journal

Gr 4-6- Hoyt-Goldsmith and Migdale's latest photo-essay uses the tried-and-true format of their earlier collaborations to follow Rosalba (Rosie) Rosas and her family as they celebrate Cinco de Mayo in her Mexican-American community in California. Hoyt-Goldsmith quickly sets the record straight-the holiday is not an observation of Mexico's independence, but a celebration of a victory over the French in 1862. Other historical notes include a brief overview of immigration to the United States and the origin of mariachi music. The prose comes alive when paired with Migdale's vibrant photographs of Rosie's family life: the running of their grocery store, the traditional dance performances, and the public fiesta for the holiday are juxtaposed with the private celebration of her grandmother's birthday. It is this masterful blend of information with universal family moments that makes this title such a welcome addition.-Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
When Mexico, four decades after winning independence, could not repay borrowed funds from France, the French Army invaded. Although the Mexicans won the first battle on May 5 (cinco de mayo), 1862, the French carried the war and took over the country for four years. Today, Mexicans and Mexican-Americans celebrate that one day of victory on Cinco de Mayo. This offering retells the history of the holiday, provides information about Benito Juarez, the president in 1862, and Mexican immigration and then focuses on the Rosas family and their young daughter, Rosie, from a town near San Francisco. Through Migdale's vibrant photos and Hoyt-Goldsmith's descriptive language, the holiday comes alive with tasty food, mariachi music, dancers showing off their clothing and steps (Rosie is a talented dancer) and charros (cowboys) whirling lariats and riding horses. In trying to be comprehensive, the text becomes a bit heavy at times, but this talented author/photographer team provides a sensory experience for its target audience and lots of information for adults working with young people. (glossary, map, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823421077
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
970L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith is the author of over a dozen picture books, many of which introduce and celebrate cultural traditions. She is the art director of Square Moon Productions, a book design and development company.

Lawrence Migdale enjoys photographing children in their own environments. He has collaborated with Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith and his work has received many starred reviews.

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