P is for Pinata: A Mexico Alphabet

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The country of Mexico has long been a popular travel destination. But there's much more to enjoy and appreciate than just sunshine and warm temperatures when exploring this region with its ancient history and proud traditions. Enjoy an A-Z tour of our neighbor to the south in P is for Piñata: A Mexico Alphabet. Young readers can visit the tomb of a Mayan king, experience the life of the vaquero (Mexican cowboy), attend the world-famous Ballet Folklórico de Mèxico, and sample the everyday treat that was once known...
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Overview

The country of Mexico has long been a popular travel destination. But there's much more to enjoy and appreciate than just sunshine and warm temperatures when exploring this region with its ancient history and proud traditions. Enjoy an A-Z tour of our neighbor to the south in P is for Piñata: A Mexico Alphabet. Young readers can visit the tomb of a Mayan king, experience the life of the vaquero (Mexican cowboy), attend the world-famous Ballet Folklórico de Mèxico, and sample the everyday treat that was once known as the "food of the gods." From folk art to famous people to the original "hot dog," the treasures of Mexico are revealed in P is for Piñata. Vibrant artwork perfectly captures the flavor, texture, and spirit of its landscape and culture.To find recipes, games, interactives maps and much more for this title visit www.discovertheworldbooks.com! Tony Johnston's love for Mexico started when her husband's job took them to Mexico City; they then lived there for fifteen years. While in Mexico, Tony wrote in Spanish and had several stories commissioned by the Mexican government. She has published more than 70 books for children and lives in San Marino, California. Award-winning illustrator and designer John (Juanito) Parra studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. His clients include United Airlines, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, PBS, and the L.A. Weekly. John's first children's book was My Name is Gabriela, about the life of the Nobel Prize-winning poet Gabriela Mistral. He lives in New York City.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Textural folk art paintings visually exude Mexico in this abecedary. Two- to four-line verses introduce topics from A to Z; wide sidebars for each are packed with interesting facts and anecdotes conveying different aspects of the nation's history, landscape, traditions and beliefs. The format is a good one, allowing readers to focus on Parra's (My Name Is Gabriela) dynamic pictures of birds (e.g., the quetzal), ancient deities, stylized landscapes, iconic figures. The text, however, can be inconsistent. A particularly sappy verse-"O is for Olympic Games/ The world went to Mexico, held hands in brotherhood,/ and for one shining moment knew peace"-is contradicted in the sidebar, which refers to the "bloody result" of a student demonstration before the games. Some verses are meaningless without the sidebar explanation: "N is for Netzahualcóyotl/ There was a golden time once/ when men lived dreams/ and poems bloomed like flowers." The sidebars themselves, fortunately, cover a broad range, including cooking directions for prickly pears and a poem written by Netzahualcóyotl, who turns out to have been 15th-century Texcoco's answer to Leonardo da Vinci. Ages 6-10. (Dec.)

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Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Many aspects of Mexican culture and history are included in this beautifully illustrated book. Artistic entries include Diego Rivera and his wife Frida Kahlo, folk art, and weaving. Mexico is praised as the birthplace of cacao and all things chocolate. Maize is so important to Mexicans that they call themselves the "People of Corn." Geographic landmarks include the Independence Day Monument, the hot spot of Juchitan, and the Usumacinta River. Gods and saints also appear—the Lady of Guadalupe, Netzahualcoyotl, and the Rain God. The "S is for Skeleton" spread is especially active and charming, demonstrating that Mexicans do not hide from death but rather accept it as a part of life. Each letter of the alphabet is introduced with a short verse for young children. A wide sidebar contains additional factual information for older readers. Colorful paintings contribute to the cultural authenticity of the book. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4

This alphabet book highlights people, places, and familiar items. Some entries rhyme: "J is for Juchitán. This spot is so hot, it's a good place to nap/In the skinniest part of the Mexico map." Others are in free verse. "L is for Lava. Ash, steam, molten fire explode over the land. A volcano is born." Children will struggle with terms such as "Ballet Folklórico," "Netzahualcóyotl," and "Usumacinta River." No pronunciation help is given. Chunks of information in very small type, written for adults to share with children, appear with each letter. Parra's vividly colored illustrations reflect Mexico's traditions and cultures. The people and places come alive as the artist portrays the diversity of the country's landscape, but the text will require a lot of adult help.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585361441
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 9/4/2008
  • Series: Discover the World
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 550,215
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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