Day of the Dead: A Celebration of Life and Deathby Amanda Doering Tourville
Provides a brief description of what the Day of the Dead holiday is, how it started, and ways people celebrate it.
Children's Literature - Ilene S. GoldmanThis book offers a good general introduction to Day of the Dead and its related celebrations. As part of the "First Fact" series, it is meant to supplement classroom studies for struggling readers. While the information presented is full, the target reader is evidenced by the controlled vocabulary, brevity of text, and simple sentence structure. Within these limitations, the author manages to make good correlations and contrasts between Christian and Aztec cultures, and between Halloween and the Day of the Dead. The photographs add depth to the exploration of this holiday and offer plenty of opportunity for discussion. A vocabulary, an arts activity, and an index complete the packaging of this as a classroom supplement.
School Library JournalGr 1-3-Simple, to the point explanations are given for each holiday, including a brief history of why it is celebrated and the attendant customs. Back matter includes an "Amazing Holiday Story!" and a craft-a paper-bag pinata in Cinco de Mayo and paper flowers in Day of the Dead. Full-color photographs appear on each spread. Dead states that people celebrate on November 1 and 2 with no explanation of the difference between All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. These titles will work with beginning readers and as introductions to these holidays. Ann Heinrich's D'a de Los Muertos (The Child's World, 2006) with watercolor art, Julie Murray's Cinco de Mayo (ABDO, 2005), and Carol Gnojewski's Day of the Dead (Enslow, 2005) cover similar territory for the same reading level.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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