Days of the Dead

Days of the Dead

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by Kathryn Lasky, Christopher Knight, Jeff Woodman
     
 

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Many cultures have celebrations that commemorate their ancestors. Mexico's celebration, los Dias de Muertos, the Days of the Dead, can be like a carnival., similar to Halloween in the United States. Young people throng the streets dressed up in ghoulish costumes. They beg for calaveras - treats - like candy skulls made of sugar or chocolate, and everyone buys pan de…  See more details below

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Many cultures have celebrations that commemorate their ancestors. Mexico's celebration, los Dias de Muertos, the Days of the Dead, can be like a carnival., similar to Halloween in the United States. Young people throng the streets dressed up in ghoulish costumes. They beg for calaveras - treats - like candy skulls made of sugar or chocolate, and everyone buys pan de muerto, a bread decorated with a pattern of bones. This is also a time for families to reunite in remembrance of those who have died. People go to market to buy what is needed for the ofrenda, or offering, to the souls of the departed - special foods and other items are put on a table, along with favorite family pictures. The next morning, everyone goes to the cemetery to visit the graves of loved ones who have died and plant flowers to welcome the spirits. All through the night, they pray and sing by candlelight in celebration of the Days of the Dead. Author Kathryn Lasky and photographer Christopher G. Knight capture the spirit of this vibrant holiday with vivid prose and brilliant, full-color photographs. At the end, a glossary compares Dias de Muertos with holidays in other cultures to honor our ancestors. 

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Stephanie Zvirin
By focusing on one poor, close-knit family's observance of Los Dias de Muertos, Lasky and Knight contribute a sense of immediacy and intimacy to their description of how and why the Days of the Dead are celebrated in a Mexican village. Knight's photographs capture the revelry, reverence, and sense of community inspired by the holiday, which Lasky relates in very general terms to such autumnal celebrations as Halloween and All Saints' Day. This is not as smoothly accomplished as some of Lasky and Knight's previous collaborations--the initial transition from background information to the family close-up is somewhat awkward, and Knight takes some intriguing chances with light and exposure that aren't entirely successful. Yet, pictures and text coalesce into a memorable portrait of both the people and the celebrations that will provide a springboard for report writers. A glossary is appended, as is a section that expands on aspects of the holiday broached in the main text.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781623343750
Publisher:
StarWalk Kids Media
Publication date:
10/01/2012
Sold by:
Seymour Science
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
875,361
File size:
33 MB
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Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Kathryn Lasky grew up in the suburbs of Indianapolis, Indiana, with her father, her mother, and her big sister, Martha. She attended the University of Michigan and majored in English, becoming particularly interested in Victorian literature, Romanticism, and the Renaissance. After graduating, Lasky began working as a writer for a fashion magazine, though she later opted for a career as a teacher. While teaching, she met and married Christopher Knight, a National Geographic photographer and documentary filmmaker. Lasky began writing children’s books after returning from her second voyage across the Atlantic Ocean with her husband. She has since written many books for children, including fiction, nonfiction, and picture books, as well as several books for adults. Kathryn Lasky has two children and cites her family as the most important inspiration for her books. She lives with her husband in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Days of the Dead 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There should be more stories about this fascinating Hispanic holiday. Great photos.