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Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead

by George Ancona

Published by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1993
48 pages
ISBN: 0-688-11250-1

Ages 5-9

A color photodocumentary explanation of el Día de Los Muertos features a Mexican family's observances of The Day of the Dead beginning October 31 or All Hallow's Eve. Bakers make special bread, candy makers create sugar skulls, marigolds are harvested, women prepare special foods and children cut out cardboard skeletons in anticipation of the fiesta. Family altars are readied in advance of bell-ringing that signals the spirits' return and heralds the activities and visits that are part of the three-day family and community event. Ancona's camera and text feature Pablo, his three sisters and parents as they honor the memory of their ancestors, especially their grandmother who died two years ago. Spanish words used in context or defined as necessary amplify Ancona's interpretation in a book measuring 8 1/4" by 10 1/8" in size and larger in importance. CCBC categories: Seasons And Celebrations; Understanding Oneself And Others; Contemporary People, Places And Events.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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