Day of the Dead

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Above a small town in Mexico, the sun rises like a great marigold, and one family begins preparations for an annual celebration, El día de los muertos, the Day of the Dead. Soon they will go out into the night, join their neighbors, and walk to the graveyard to welcome the spirits of their loved ones home again. Framed by decorative borders and peppered with Spanish words, Day of the Dead is a glorious introduction to a fascinating celebration....

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Overview

Above a small town in Mexico, the sun rises like a great marigold, and one family begins preparations for an annual celebration, El día de los muertos, the Day of the Dead. Soon they will go out into the night, join their neighbors, and walk to the graveyard to welcome the spirits of their loved ones home again. Framed by decorative borders and peppered with Spanish words, Day of the Dead is a glorious introduction to a fascinating celebration. A note at the end of the book provides factual information about the holiday.

Describes a Mexican family preparing for and celebrating the Day of the Dead.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
The text and pictures abound with the rhythms of the Spanish language and the joyousness of the tradition of remembering relatives who have died. While watching members of their families prepare empanadas, gather fruit, fill tamales, and brew that famous mole sauce, the children express their impatience and excitement. We, too, rejoice in the singing, dancing and the symbols of the renewal of life-a true celebration. Johnston has written a gem of a book.
Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
Colorfully illustrated, this is the story of a family's preparations for the annual three-day celebration of the Day of the Dead, El dia de los muertos. Mama, Papa, aunts and uncles are cooking, shopping and picking fruit while the children try to sneak a bite of the treats being prepared. Marigolds are collected and finally the family joins with others in a procession to the graves of their grandparents. They remember their loved ones and picnic until the sleeping children are carried home. The marigold motif makes this book especially appealing.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Winter's quiet acrylics capture the innocence of two impatient children-"Wait," says mama, as Tony Johnston describes preparations for the Day of the Dead in an evocative portrayal of the annual celebration.
Kirkus Reviews
The team that collaborated so gracefully on Diego (1991) returns with another little book showing how a Mexican family celebrates el día de los muertos, the holiday commemorating the dead. Everyone spends days preparing special foods, which are carried in a candlelight procession to the cemetery for a nightlong celebration of singing, dancing, and feasting at the graves of loved ones. A number of Spanish words and phrases are worked into Johnston's simple text, as the children are repeatedly told "espérense"—"wait"—when they try to sample the empanadas (meat pastries) or the pan de muertos (special "bread of the dead," shaped like human figures and decorated with colored sugar). Winter's square acrylic paintings, in rich hues of green, pink, purple, blue, and gold, float within thick black borders that change with each turn of the page. The covers, endpapers, and title page are decorated with silhouettes reminiscent of the cut-paper banners that beautify the ofrendas, home altars bearing candles, fruit, flowers, and photographs of the departed. A warm, fictional introduction for an audience younger than that for the photo-essays by Kathryn Lasky (Days of the Dead, 1994) and Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152024468
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 314,466
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: 540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Johnston lives in Southern California.

Jeanette Winter lives in south Texas and New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2014

    It is difficult to find a wonderful "Day of the Dead"

    It is difficult to find a wonderful "Day of the Dead" that doesn't distort the holiday to a morbid scare fest for kids. This book has colorful pictures that give a real idea of what the "Day of the Dead" holiday is for. It has a few Spanish words, so you can teach the kids Spanish.

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