Days of the Deadby Kathryn Lasky, Christopher Knight, Jeff Woodman
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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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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There should be more stories about this fascinating Hispanic holiday. Great photos.