Barner, Bob (trans. Teresa Mlawer) The Day of the Dead/ El Dia de los Muertos: A Bilingual Celebration
Holiday House 2010 np 16.95
978-0-8234-2214-2 elem VG-BN
Follow two children as they celebrate their ancestors on a colorful Latino holiday.
Simple rhymes in English (translated into un-rhymed Spanish) are accompanied by playful collages in rich, vibrant colors. The text follows two children as they offer marigolds, sugar skulls, and special bread to honor their ancestors. After singing and dancing, it’s off to bed. The vibrant collages incorporate traditional symbols of Day of the Dead, a joyful celebration of deceased loved ones. Additional information about the history of the festival is included at the end of the book. This book is sure to spark interest in learning more about the holiday and Mexican festivals in general. Day of the Dead begins on Halloween and continues for several days in many Latin American cultures. “Booklist” reports that Barner credits the work of Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada, for inspiring this picture book’s illustrations. Solid addition to a read-aloud collection. Good springboard for introducing the holiday to youngsters. Welliver, Hilary
Holidays; Day of the Dead-Mexico; All Souls Day-Mexico