THE DAY OF THE DEAD / EL DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS by Bob Barner

THE DAY OF THE DEAD / EL DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

by , illustrated by , translated by
Age Range: 3 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

This Latino holiday, observed each year from October 31 through November 2, is celebrated with food, song and candles lit to remember and honor the spirits of departed loved ones and ancestors. The English and Spanish text, rhymed in both languages, touches on the highlights of the three-day festival, which culminates with a family celebration at the cemetery. “Mark a path for the spirits / with the petals of flowers. // We dance, sing, // and remember / the loved ones for hours.” Barner’s collage art is created from cut, torn or crumpled papers combined with pastel dust, pencil and printing inks and is rendered in bold, bright Mexican colors. The illustrations supply a festive atmosphere peopled with dancing skeletons and Latino-featured children. The skeletal images reflect those created by the Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada, including the popular lady skeleton, La Catrina, a major character of the holiday. A joyous and vibrant introduction, ideal for preschoolers just learning about the custom. (author’s note) (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2214-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2010




MORE BY BOB BARNER

ChildrenI HAVE A GARDEN by Bob Barner
by Bob Barner
ChildrenANIMAL BATHS by Bob Barner
by Bob Barner
ChildrenBEARS! BEARS! BEARS! by Bob Barner
by Bob Barner

MORE BY TERESA MLAWER

ChildrenJUAN QUEZADA by Shelley Dale
by Shelley Dale
ChildrenTHE PERFECT PIÑATA, LA PIÑATA PERFECTA by Kelli Kyle Dominguez
by Kelli Kyle Dominguez

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenTHE DEAD FAMILY DIAZ by P.J. Bracegirdle
by P.J. Bracegirdle