Introduces the holiday, Day of the Dead, or Dâia de los Muertos, and describes how it is celebrated in Mexico and in the United States.
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Linda Lowery is the author of books such as Aunt Clara Brown and Earth Day. She lives in San Miguel, Mexico.
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Kindergarten-Grade 3-Combining woodblock-style illustrations and a text addressed to "you," this easy-to-read title introduces various aspects of the D'a de los Muertos celebrations common to Mexican and many Mexican-American communities. Noting roots in both Aztec and Catholic traditions, Lowery shows how the cycle of the growing season is tied to the cycle of human birth, life, and death and explains how the memorialization of the dead during this period of festivity is a time for joy rather than sorrow. Non-Latino youngsters will enjoy the links between Halloween and the Day of the Dead traditions and will shiver with pleasure at the decorations and treats-prominently featuring bones and skeletons-that may seem slightly ghoulish to those unfamiliar with the holiday. Knutson's lively illustrations reflect Mexican art, harvest celebrations, and the warm colors of autumn. Both Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith's Day of the Dead (Holiday, 1994) and Katherine Lasky's Days of the Dead (Hyperion, 1994; o.p.) focus on the celebrations of specific families (in California and Mexico, respectively), feature photographs rather than illustrations, and are designed for older children.
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