Wednesday, September 09, 2015

The Remembering Day / El dia de los muertos

Written by Pat Mora 
Illustrated by Robert Casilla 
Translated by Gabriela Baeza Ventura

Publisher: Arte Publico Pr/ Piñata Books  (October 31, 2015)
Language: English/ Spanish
ISBN-10: 1558858059
ISBN-13: 978-1558858053

Long, long, long ago, Bella and her grandmother Mamá Alma admired their vegetable garden. They liked gardening together. They grew sunflowers and lilies too, and chatted with lizards and hummingbirds. They walked around the flowers and vegetables holding hands, something they had done frequently since Bella was a baby. As her grandmother aged, Bella helped her to walk. “Every year, I need your help more and more,” said Mamá Alma.
In this special bilingual picture book for children, author Pat Mora creates an origin myth in which she imagines how the Mexican custom of remembering deceased loved ones—El día de los muertos or the Day of the Dead—came to be. With tender illustrations by Robert Casilla that depict Bella and Mamá Alma’s loving relationship, this book will encourage children to honor loved ones, whether by writing stories and poems or creating their own remembering place.

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