“[An] irresistible bilingual picture book for those still learning their numbers It’s darling.” San Antonio Express-News
“[T]his peek into Mexico’s art and traditions is certainly one of the most joyous counting books that children will encounter.” Kirkus
“[A] fine bilingual counting book beautiful, creative, and sometimes whimsical.” School Library Journal
“Weill returns with another joyous celebration of Mexican folk art.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
The Aguilar Sisters, lively and independent women, are Mexico’s most renowned artisans. They learned how to make clay figurines from their mother, Isaura Álcantara Diaz. Their humorous sculptures of village characters are in collections around the world.
About the Author
Cynthia Weill holds a doctorate in education from Teachers College Columbia University. She is on the board of a foundation Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art that seeks to promote and preserve the artists and artisanal work of the state. Count Me In is the fourth book in her First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art Series.
The Aguilar Sisters are Mexico’s most beloved artisans. They learned how to make clay figurines from their mother, Isaura Álcantara Diaz. These lively independent women are considered great masters of Mexican folk art and have been presented to Queen Elizabeth, Queen Sofia of Spain, various Mexican presidents and Nelson Rockefeller. Their humorous ceramics of the people of their town and state are in museum collections the world over.
The collection of parade figures from Count Me In was acquired by the Field Museum in Chicago for its permanent collection. Notes and photographs based on the process of developing the figures are in the archives of that museum as well as in those of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut.