Fiesta Fireworks

Fiesta Fireworks

by George Ancona
     
 

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Every town in Mexico has a patron saint who is honored annually with a fiesta, and almost every fiesta has fireworks. Caren Reyes Urban lives in Tultepec, a town famous for its fireworks, and her father, her uncle, and her grandfather all work at making them. Join them now in their preparations for Tultepec's fiesta, and then for the wonderful festival itself.  See more details below

Overview

Every town in Mexico has a patron saint who is honored annually with a fiesta, and almost every fiesta has fireworks. Caren Reyes Urban lives in Tultepec, a town famous for its fireworks, and her father, her uncle, and her grandfather all work at making them. Join them now in their preparations for Tultepec's fiesta, and then for the wonderful festival itself.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gayle Hall-Christensen
Set in Tultepec, Mexico, this book is full of photos by the Mexican-born author which children will find fascinating. Ancona's text and pictures show various members of a little girl's family who are busy making fireworks for Tultepec's fiesta. Young readers will love looking at the photos of comical, child-sized bull's head puppets. Other huge fireworks sculptures of the bull's' heads have to be carried or pushed by teams of young men. Photojournalist Ancona weaves Spanish phrases throughout his story of the fireworks makers of Tultepec, and their dangerous jobs, all the while illustrating the idea of the traditional fiesta in a way that can be enjoyed by children of diverse cultural backgrounds. Includes a glossary of Spanish terms and a map of the country.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3This stunning photo-essay describes the explosive happenings surrounding the celebration of the feast day of San Juan de Dios, the patron saint of Tultepec, Mexico, a town famous for its master pyrotechnists. Ancona introduces Caren, her family, and neighbors as they prepare for this elaborate annual fiesta. With the building of bamboo frameworks for papier-mch bulls and spinning wheels of rockets, the town is ready to celebrate. This wonderful event, captured in sharp full-color photographs, includes a mass procession, with the patron saint's statue carried over a carpet of colored sawdust; crackling fireworks; and whistling rockets exploding in the night sky in dazzling designs. An informative tribute to an enduring Mexican tradition, with exciting visuals and a basic glossary of Spanish terms.Selene S. Vasquez, Orange Brook Elementary School, Hollywood, FL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688148171
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/1998
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.56(w) x 11.27(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

George Ancona lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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