CRRL Kids: Dia de Muertos/Day of the Dead
Annotation:"...a Mexican family has set out fiesta offerings in the graveyard in hopes that departed loved ones may return to visit. The playful skeletons rise from their graves to celebrate with gusto. All night long, they sing, dance, dine, tell stories, and play games. As morning approaches, they give thanks to the stars for their night of fun, tidy up after themselves, and leave no trace of their 'clatter bash' behind as they return to their coffins until next year's Day of the Dead."
Annotation:Recipes for celebrations and everyday. This newer version of the family favorite has slimmed-down recipes. Part of the Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks series. Clearly written recipes for easy dinners and snacks: Red Snapper with Lime Juice, Mango with Cinnamon, and a couple of kid-pleasing favorites, Tortillas with Chicken and Mexican Hot Chocolate.
Annotation:Day of the Dead -- Smiling skeletons -- Aztec Mexico -- Honoring the dead -- Getting ready -- Altars and offerings -- Food for the feast -- Little angels -- Dia de los Muertos -- Let's dance -- Americans celebrate.
Annotation:Introduces the holiday, Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, and describes how it is celebrated in Mexico and in the United States. Includes a glossary of Spanish words. Part of the On My Own Holidays series.
Annotation:Two books in one! Part of the book follows Mexican-American twins who are participating in the Day of the Dead in their new country while another part gives factual information on the history of the holiday. Good for reports.
Annotation:The writer and photographer follow a poor, closely-knit Mexican family as they celebrate los Dias de Muertos, bringing the holiday to life for readers. Includes information on how it links to other holidays and the traditions' origins.
Annotation:The author has interviewed anthropologists and town inhabitants to discover the different rituals and their meanings. Includes beautiful photographs. The first part of a four-part bilingual series.
Annotation:"San Vicente lets children join the celebration as they watch the skeletons rock, rattle, and roll those long old bones as they get ready for the biggest event of their social calendar. A short and fun essay, directed toward young readers, will explain this important Mexican holiday. The works of Mexico City artist Luis San Vicente have been exhibited in Mexico, Venezuela, Europe, and the United States."
Annotation:A little girl's best friend is her grandmother, but one spring she becomes "thin as smoke" and passes away. The Days of the Dead, which come at the same time as monarch butterflies' annual migration, gives the girl a chance to reflect on how those we love never really go away.
Annotation:"It's the Day of the Dead! It's time to celebrate! In this bilingual book, a young girl is busy helping her family prepare to honor those who have died. First she goes with her mama to the market to buy pan de muerto. Then she lays a path of marigold petals with her papa. But mostly, she thinks of her abuelito. She misses him very much and is excited for his spirit to visit that night. And when she sees the butterflies fly through the sky, she knows that his spirit is with them. Written in both Spanish and English, this book includes activities and recipes just right for any Day of the Dead celebration."
Annotation:Maria's baby brother and grandmother have died during the past year, but they are remembered during the Days of the Dead. A gentle book that includes a recipe for a bread that is special to the holiday.
Annotation:On October 30, all of Mexico prepares for the festival in honor of the dead, and for Pablo, this year is special: two years ago his grandmother died, and he will celebrate her memory.
Annotation:Follow storyteller Randel McGee as he explores Day of the Dead: Day of the dead/Día de los muertos -- Paper marigolds -- Skeleton candy basket -- Happy skeleton figures -- Skeleton pets -- Paper clothes for the skeletons -- Skull mask -- Papel cortado window dressings -- Aztec animal decorations -- Patterns
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The dead are beloved and remembered in Mexico, especially on November 1 and 2. November 1 is usually set aside to remember angelitos (little angels), family members who died as children. Those who died as adults are remembered on November 2. The Days of the Dead or Día de Muertos is a true festival. Mothers and grandmothers make special delicious foods, and beautiful flowers are gathered, all to honor the dead.
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