In Mexico, celebrating the lives of deceased friends and family members is an eventful occasion. It is tradition that every year on November 1, people gather at the burial places of their loved ones. It is a happy time of food, flowers, and stories of heritage. The body of the text never mentions the culture to which it is referring. It is learned from the summary, however, that the celebration takes place in Mexico. Some readers may not notice the summary. It would be beneficial to the book if the text were to include a statement that specifically informs the reader that the celebration takes place in Mexico. It is helpful that there are pronunciations given for potential unfamiliar words and phrases. The realistic photographs best portray the events of the text. This book would be useful in an elementary-age school setting, especially in the area of social studies and cultural similarities and differences. 2002, Children's Press, Ages 7 to 11.
Alecia M. Ilg <%ISBN%>051622493X
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K-Gr 2-Two books that give basic information about holidays celebrated both north and south of the border. Each one pairs a full-page, clear, color photo or reproduction with a facing page of simple text containing one to four sentences describing the action in the picture. Canada Day does a sound job of progressing from a definition of the holiday to the history behind it to the ways it is celebrated today. The photos accurately portray the ethnic rainbow that Canada presents and capture the sense of celebration. El D'a de los Muertos is a much weaker title, due to an inexplicable failure to mention that it is a Mexican and Mexican-American holiday. Though several pages inform readers that marigolds are used because the flowers were special to the Aztecs who used to rule Mexico, young children still may not understand where this holiday is celebrated. In addition, pan de muertos is referred to as pan de muerto-a quibble, perhaps, but with such outstanding photo-essays as George Ancona's Pablo Remembers (Lothrop, 1993) or Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith's Day of the Dead: A Mexican American Celebration (Holiday, 1994), this title could easily be passed by.-Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.