LIFE AROUND THE LAKE: Embroideries by the Women of Lake Ptzcuaro by Maricel E. & Gloria Soto Presilla

LIFE AROUND THE LAKE: Embroideries by the Women of Lake Ptzcuaro

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A glimpse of life in central Mexico is offered through the embroidery of women of the area; their landscapes and portraits of daily life, past and present, are charming. The needlework has a folk-art vibrancy, and evokes an age, not so long ago, when Lake Ptzcuaro was free of pollution and a source for many kinds of fish. It was a comfortable life, little-changed for hundreds of years. Some scenes show celebrations, while others have more humble subjects: women making tamales, a fisherman and his net. Although it's presented in picture-book format, the text is dense and more accessible to older children; it describes the people and their town in detail, and reflects an anger that a way of life has been spoiled. An unusual cultural record.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1996
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt