Cover image for Cinco de Mayo
Title:
Cinco de Mayo
Author:
Schaefer, Lola M., 1950-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Mankato, Minn. : Pebble Books, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
24 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm.
Summary:
Simple text and photographs explain the history of Cinco de Mayo and how this commemoration of the victory of the Mexican army over the French army on May 5, 1862, is celebrated.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.3 0.5 36795.
ISBN:
9780736806619
Format :
Book

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Julia Boyer Reinstein Library F1233 .S28 2001 Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday
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Simple text and photographs explain the history of Cinco de Mayo and how this commemoration of the victory of the Mexican army over the French army on May 5, 1862, is celebrated.


Author Notes

Lola Schaefer is an author, teacher, speaker and writing consultant who is passionate about helping children learn the tools of writing so they can express themselves.

Lola is the author of more than 200 books for children including picture books, easy readers, classroom books and informational texts. Her book Frankie Stein, published by Marshall Cavendish in 2007, was awarded the Children's Choice Book Award in 2008 and the Mockingbird Award in 2009.

As an educational consultant, Lola has worked in dozens of schools across the country. She shares effective classroom strategies on writing workshop, the craft of writing, and genre structures. Lola offers demonstration lessons, as well as general presentations on craft mini-lessons and the art of writing. She is the author of ten Scholastic Professional Resource books for teachers that focus on strategies to improve student writing.

Lola lives with her husband Ted in the mountains of north Georgia. (Bowker Author Biography)


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School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Basic introductions to two holidays and how they are celebrated. The large type, repetition of words and phrases, simple glossaries of subject-specific vocabulary, and colorful photographs will appeal to beginning readers. Well-placed photos and reproductions illustrate the text on the opposite page. However, there is some oversimplification, and some important traditions aren't introduced. For example, Chinese New Year ignores the importance of honoring one's ancestors and does not mention the fact that the dragon and the lion dance are not just for good luck, but also to chase away bad spirits. Though the book says that families gather to eat a special meal, there is no mention of what they eat. Likewise, in Cinco de Mayo, readers are told that some people celebrate by eating Mexican food, with no further elaboration. In addition, some of the Internet sites noted are no longer available. Though holiday books are needed for this reading level, oversimplification can make the celebrations seem trite if adults do not fill in the gaps. Dianne M. MacMillan's Mexican Independence Day and Cinco de Mayo (Enslow, 1997) and Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith's Celebrating Chinese New Year (Holiday, 1998) are less simplified and give more information.-Diane Olivo-Posner, Long Beach Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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