Día de los Muertos

The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos: A Bilingual Celebration

By Bob Barner;  Translated by Teresa Mlawer

This brightly illustrated picture book follows a family as they prepare for the traditional Mexican holiday known as Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).  They make sugar skulls, bread, and other traditional foods and gather marigolds and candles to take with them to the graves of their loved ones.  This holiday is a time of celebration and remembering the lives of those past.  The author conveys the joy of the holiday with bold, festive collage style pictures.  With rhyming English text on the left side and a Spanish translation on the right, this book makes a great read-aloud book for English and Spanish speakers alike.

This book is also available as an audio CD/book combo and an animated DVD or you can check out these NEW Día de los Muertos books:

                

If you would like a chance to join the celebration, be sure to check out all the local festivities!  The holiday is celebrated from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 with most festivals and events held on the last two day.  At Harrington Library, we will be celebrating tomorrow from 2 PM to 4 PM.  We will start off with a storytime and then make fun crafts including calaveras to take home!

Reviewed by: Meredith (Harrington Library)

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