Pablo Remembers

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From October 31 to November 2, people in Mexico celebrate the festival of el Dia de Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. This photodocumentary follows Pablo and his family as they prepare to honor the memory of Pablo's grandmother.

During the three-day celebration of the Days of the Dead, a young Mexican boy and his family make elaborate preparations to honor the spirits of the dead.

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Overview

From October 31 to November 2, people in Mexico celebrate the festival of el Dia de Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. This photodocumentary follows Pablo and his family as they prepare to honor the memory of Pablo's grandmother.

During the three-day celebration of the Days of the Dead, a young Mexican boy and his family make elaborate preparations to honor the spirits of the dead.

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Gr 2-4-Using clear prose on attractively bordered pages and well-composed full-color photographs, Ancona takes readers through the preparations for The Day of the Dead, a Hispanic holiday that extends from October 31st- November 2nd. Pablo Montano Ruiz, a boy of about 12 who lives near Oaxaca, goes shopping for candles, tomatoes, sugarcane, radishes, and calaveras de dulce (sugar skulls), all necessary ingredients for the special foods and elaborate ceremonies that are detailed. All of the items purchased are given in both Spanish and English. This intriguing book makes an excellent offering during the Halloween season, as it gives a different perspective on a holiday that is both perceived and marketed in our culture as a time of frightening hauntings. Mexicans, combining Spanish Christian beliefs with Aztec and Mayan cosmology, view these three days-All Hallows' Eve, All Saints' Day, and All Souls' Day-as a time of loving family remembrance of those who have died. A sound title for balance in collections, ESL classes, or multicultural studies.- Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
Ilene Cooper
ger for reading aloud. Around the time of our Halloween, people in Mexico are preparing for their own celebration, the Fiesta of the Day of the Dead. During this three-day celebration, families go to great lengths to honor the spirits of their deceased relatives. Ancona personalizes his photo-essay by introducing young Pablo, who lost his grandmother two years earlier, and shows how the boy and his family will celebrate this special day. Among the holiday traditions are skulls spun from sugar, special bread, altars inviting the spirits to return to a household, bells, fireworks, and visits from relatives. Kids not familiar with the tradition will no doubt find it fascinating; and for Mexican children living in the U.S., the book can be an important link to their heritage. Unfortunately, the holiday's origins are best explained in the author's note that appears at the end of the book, which most kids will probably skip. It's too bad that the information couldn't have been incorporated into the text; still, the book is handsomely designed, and the color photos are intriguing. Both the English and the well-translated Spanish edition should find an audience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688112509
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.87 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

George Ancona lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

George Ancona lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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