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Children's LiteratureIn 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