Calavera Abecedario: A Day of the Dead Alphabet Book (Hardcover)

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TFC REVIEW: Inspired by the life of Don Pedro Linares, this book tells the story of a family in Mexico City that makes papier-mâché calaveras in preparation for the fiesta of el Dia do los Muertos. When the calaveras are taken to market, the book shifts to an alphabet portion where the skeletons act out various Spanish words: E for enfermera (nurse), I for ilustradora (illustrator), Q for quimico (chemist). When the fiesta ends, Don Pedro, his sons, and grandsons think about preparing for next year. (An alphabet glossary is included at the end.)

— From Early Childhood: Learning about Holidays


Every year Don Pedro and his family make papier-mache skeletons, or" calaveras, " for Mexico's Day of the Dead" fiesta." From "A""ngel" and "D""octor" to" M""ariachi" and "U""nicornio, " 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."

About the Author

JEANETTE WINTER has written and illustrated many books for children, including Day of the Dead by Tony Johnston and her own My Name Is Georgia and Josefina. She lives in New York City.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780152051105
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Publication Date: September 1st, 2004
Pages: 48