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The Spirit of Tio Fernando: A Day of the Dead Story/El espiritu de Tio Fernando: Una historia del dia de los muertos

by Janice Levy
Illustrated by Morella Fuenmayor
Translated by Teresa Mlawer, from the Spanish

Published by Albert Whitman, 1995
32 pages
ISBN: 0-8075-7585-2

Ages 6 - 9

When he goes to the market, a little Mexican boy is reminded of the ways he can honor his uncle's spirit during All Souls' Day or El Día de los Muertos. Venezuelan artist Morella Fuenmayor's watercolors illustrating this sweet bilingual picture story suggest important multiple cultural details rarely seen in U.S. books. In real life a child Nando's age would not require as many explanations about the special activities in which he and his mother engage while they remember the people they love who have died. Outsiders to these observances will enjoy learning about them in this way. CCBC categories: SEASONS AND CELEBRATIONS; PICTURE BOOKS; UNDERSTANDING ONESELF AND OTHERS.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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