Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Books for Día de los muertos

Just a Minute!: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book
Written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales.

In this version of a traditional tale, Señor Calavera arrives at Grandma Beetle's door, ready to take her to the next life, but after helping her count, in English and Spanish, as she makes her birthday preparations, he changes his mind.

Just In Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book
Written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales.

As Señor Calavera prepares for Grandma Beetle's birthday he finds an alphabetical assortment of unusual presents, but with the help of Zelmiro the Ghost, he finds the best gift of all.

Uncle Monarch And the Day of the Dead
Written by Judy Goldman. Illustrated by Rene King Moreno.

Upon the death of her beloved Tio Urbano, who has taught her that monarch butterflies are the souls of the dead, young Lupita gains a deeper understanding of Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, as it is observed in rural Mexico. Includes glossary of Spanish terms and facts about the Day of the Dead.

Ghost Wings
Written by Barbara M. Joosse. Illustrated by Giselle Potter.

While celebrating the Days of the Dead, a young Mexican girl remembers her wonderful grandmother who sang songs, made tortillas, chased monsters away, and loved butterflies.

Festival of Bones / El Festival de las Calaveras: The Little-Bitty Book for the Day of the Dead
Written and illustrated by Luis San Vicente.

San Vicente lets children join the celebration as they watch the skeletons rock, rattle, and roll those long old bones as they get ready for the biggest event of their social calendar. A short and fun essay, directed toward young readers, will explain this important Mexican holiday.

Maria De Flor/ a Day of the Dead Story: Una Historia Del Dia De Los Muertos
Written by Max Benavidez. Illustrated by Maria Elena Castro.

This is a story about a girl named Maria who was born with a beautiful birthmark in the shape of a flower. Her cousin hears stories about Maria and dreams that she visits her family in Oaxaca on the Day of the Dead. The book is illustrated with colorfully painted animals, a smiling moon, cups of chocolate and silver flowers, symbols of Maria's favorite things.

Calavera Abecedario: A Day of the Dead Alphabet Book
Written by Jeanette Winter.

Every year Don Pedro and his family make papier-mache skeletons, or calaveras, for Mexico's Day of the Dead fiesta. From Angel and Doctor to Mariachi and Unicornio, each letter of the alphabet has its own special calavera. Come dance with them in this unusual ABC book inspired by a real Mexican family of artists and the many colorful folk-art traditions surrounding the celebration of the Day of the Dead. Includes a glossary of Spanish words and an author's note.

Clatter Bash! A Day of the Dead Celebration
Written and illustrated by Richard Keep

Rhyming text presents traditions used to celebrate the Day of the Dead.

Los Bloguitos' Second Anniversary Celebration

Illustrated by Mara Price

Los Bloguitos is turning two this week. Come and celebrate with us at
¡A celebrar!

René Has Two Last Names/ René tiene dos apellidos

This Saturday in the middle of the Halloween celebrations my new bilingual book will be out. Go and trick or treat at your favorite bookstore and take a look at my new book. If it is not there, ask for one or many copies.

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