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A Day of the Dead Alphabet Book

by Jeanette Winter & illustrated by Jeanette Winter

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-15-205110-4
Publisher: Harcourt

This visually exciting alphabet book makes a fine companion to Winter’s Day of the Dead (1997). Boldly colored borders frame the brilliant-hued folk-like images and vivid white text superimposed on a black background. First she tells of a Mexico City family preparing the papier-mâché skeletons (calaveras) for annual Day of the Dead celebrations as they have for several generations. The alphabet portion includes an array of charming skeletons in various poses, including an angel, a witch (bruja), bride and bridegroom (novia and novio), mariachi, and zapatero (shoemaker). The letter K is represented by Frida Kahlo, Y by a yucca, and W, which doesn’t exist in Spanish, is pushed off the page. An alphabet glossary notes differences between the Spanish and English alphabets and provides English translations of the Spanish words. An author’s note discusses Mexican fiestas and Don Pedro Linares, whose life inspired the story. (glossary) (Picture book. 3-7)