The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos

Bob Barner, Author, Teresa Mlawer, Translator
Bob Barner, trans. into Spanish by Teresa Mlawer, Holiday House, $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8234-2214-2
Reviewed on: 08/16/2010
Release date: 07/01/2010
Paperback - 978-0-8234-2381-1
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Vibrant paper collage illustrations pay homage to the Day of the Dead while bilingual text describes the holiday's traditions: "We celebrate our ancestors on the Day of the Dead/ with offerings of flowers, sugar skulls, and bread." A family prepares a meal and later dances in a graveyard as a friendly white skeleton strums a guitar. The festive colors and imagery in Barner's cut-paper collages encapsulate the celebratory and memorial nature of the holiday; a concluding note offers additional details. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
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