CELEBRATE! IT’S CINCO DE MAYO!/¡CELEBREMOS! ¡ES EL CINCO DE MAYO! by Janice Levy

CELEBRATE! IT’S CINCO DE MAYO!/¡CELEBREMOS! ¡ES EL CINCO DE MAYO!

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Age Range: 4 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

Levy’s central text combines a celebration of Cinco de Mayo with a brief recounting of the date’s significance: the Mexican army’s victory in 1862 over an invading French force. The celebration includes a parade, with Aztec elements featured prominently, a performance of mariachi music, a family meal, dancing and the breaking of the piñata, along with Abuelito (Grandpa) telling the story of the Battle of Puebla. But Celebrate! is an activity book too. After her main narrative, Levy repeats several of the story’s illustrations, leaving out an important element in each and asking the young reader to point out what is missing. The final pages include instructions in making a maraca and a serape, and a slightly longer recounting of the history of the Battle of Puebla. The text is in both English and Spanish throughout, and Lopez’s illustrations are bright, lovely and full of details—the Aztec eagle and snake (now part of Mexico’s flag), the buttons on the sleeves of the mariachi players’ jackets, the multicolored hems of the dancers’ skirts. Perfectly targeted at young listeners and readers who may have been celebrating Mexico’s favorite national holiday without knowing why. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-8075-1176-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Whitman
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2007




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