Felipa and the Day of the Dead

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Felipa's beloved grandmother, Abuelita, has died. Felipa miser her terribly and is very sad. Her parents try to comfort Felipa. They tell her that the souls of the dead live on forever. So Felipa decides to find Abuelita's soul. But where is it? She asks her grandmother's donkey, her pig, and her llamas for help. She treks many miles to the highest mountain, but grandmother's soul is nowhere to be found. Then, months later, the entire village is bustling with preparations for the Day of the Dead. Felipa joins in ...

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Overview

Felipa's beloved grandmother, Abuelita, has died. Felipa miser her terribly and is very sad. Her parents try to comfort Felipa. They tell her that the souls of the dead live on forever. So Felipa decides to find Abuelita's soul. But where is it? She asks her grandmother's donkey, her pig, and her llamas for help. She treks many miles to the highest mountain, but grandmother's soul is nowhere to be found. Then, months later, the entire village is bustling with preparations for the Day of the Dead. Felipa joins in the celebrations honoring loved ones who have died, and in the process finally finds Abuelita's soul.

In the Andes Mountains, Felipa misses her grandmother Abuelita, and goes in search of her soul, only to find the celebrations of the Day of the Dead to be the perfect way to feel close to Abuelita again.

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"Birte Muller's illustrations deftly express the serious nature of Felipa's emotions and the comfort she gains through this tradition. Muller's story is one of reconciliation as the sorrow of Felipa's loss is coupled with the joy of her memories."
Publishers Weekly
Impressionistic spreads follow the heroine as she searches the mountains and asks the animals about her recently departed Abuelita's soul. In celebrating the Day of the Dead, she comes to terms with her loss. Ages 4-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This is a story of a child's quest to understand where her grandmother has gone after her death. Felipa, who lives in a small village in the Andes, first asks her family's animals—a pig, a donkey and a llama. Discouraged by the animals' silence, she searches far and wide, hoping to find her grandmother's soul. Her father finds her far away from home and explains that souls, while present in our natural world, cannot be visited in the same way as when they were alive. They return, he says, to visit us every November during the celebration of the dead. Months later, as her village celebrates the Day of the Dead, Felipa finally understands that souls return as loved ones remember and honor them. The author/illustrator of this book spent time in Mexico and Bolivia learning about the "Todos Santos" celebration which takes place all over Latin America every year. After returning to her native Germany, Muller created this book—a tender and thoughtful reflection on loss and remembrance—in order to introduce children in Europe to this tradition. 2003, North-South Books, Ages 4 to 8.
—Michelle Negron Bueno
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735820111
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 36
  • Age range: 6 years
  • Product dimensions: 10.54 (w) x 10.52 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Antonio Lozano is a journalist and children's book writer. Birte Muller is an author and illustrator.

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