LIFE AROUND THE LAKE by Maricel E. Presilla


Embroideries by the Women of Lake Pátzcuaro
Age Range: 9 - 12
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 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 P†tzcuaro 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. (Picture book/nonfiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-8050-3800-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1996