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Title:
Piñatas and smiling skeletons : celebrating Mexican festivals
Author:
Harris, Zoe, 1941-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Berkeley, Calif. : Pacific View Press, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
Summary:
Examines the historical background, legends, recipes, crafts, and celebrations of a year of special Mexican festivals.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781881896197
Format :
Book

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Discover how Mexico's festivals blend the cultures of her ancient people and of Spain. Enjoy the legends, foods, and holiday activities that make Mexico's holidays unique! Here is a year's worth of special Mexican celebrations for young and old.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-8. The authors present six festivals celebrated seasonally in Mexico: the celebration of the Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Christmas, Carnaval, Corpus Christi, Independence Day, and the Day of the Dead. As the authors explain, Mexican celebrations have grown out of a complex and oftentimes confusing mix of old and new traditions. Stuffed like a pinata with historical background, legends, recipes, and crafts, the book is full of hard-to-find holiday tidbits and cultural flavor, but the ability to gain an overall understanding of the holidays is limited because of the uneven explanations, omission of details, and hodgepodge presentation. For example, the book explains that Corpus Christi is also known as the Day of the Mules, but there is no explanation why this festival is called Corpus Christi. It is also disappointing that the authors fail to include more than a brief mention of Cinco de Mayo, a holiday that is increasingly celebrated by Mexican communities in the U.S. Lacking child-friendly instructions, the crafts and recipes will require extensive adult assistance. Woo's illustrations are colorful and sprightly, but the informational margin sidebars are confusing as picture captions. The authors include a simple glossary but do not include source notes, a suggested reading list, or even an index. An additional purchase for larger collections or those with a special interest and other resources to fill in the gaps found in this source. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)1881896196Annie Ayres


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-A gathering of traditions from the festival of Guadalupe through La Navidad, Three Kings' Day, Carnaval, Corpus Christi, Independence Day, and the Day of the Dead. Each entry for a cultural/religious event is colorfully illustrated in a vibrant folkloric style that captures the very essence of ancient hieroglyphs and modern retablos. Holiday recipes and lyrics to popular songs that are key to these celebrations make this fascinating collection particularly informative. A brief glossary of Spanish terms is included. An ideal book on the history, legends, artwork, and food intrinsic to the ritualistic festivities of modern Mexico.-Selene S. Vasquez, Orange Brook Elementary School, Hollywood, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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