Hispanic Holidaysby Faith Winchester
Briefly introduces Hispanic Americans and discusses nine Hispanic holidays. Includes instructions for making a pinata.
Children's Literature - Carol CollinsThis book defines Hispanic and provides simple descriptions of eight Hispanic holiday festivities. The celebrations are primarily religious, and most incorporate activities for children. Posados (translated "inn") begins nine nights before Christmas. Children go from house to house looking for a place to stay just as did Mary and Joseph. Each succeeding night one house is designated as the party house where music and games are played, often with the breaking of a candy-filled pi�ata. Three Kings' Day ends the Christmas season on January 6 with other gifts for children, including a jewel-like cherry and pineapple cake. Easter celebrations include the game of making and breaking confetti eggs (a recipe is included). Although the holidays are festive, underlying solemn meanings are explained as well. The Day of the Dead, in particular, shows how the sad remembrance of ancestors becomes a joyous feast at the gravesite. The book's simple sentences are appropriate both for bilingual Hispanics improving their English and reviewing their native traditions and for any early reader who wishes to study Hispanic fiestas. Difficult words are defined in a glossary; a list of books and web sites, plus a tiny index, are included as reference tools. Each festival has an accompanying full-page candid color photo. Part of the "Read and Discover: Ethnic Holidays" series.
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