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Calavera Abecedario / A Day of the Dead Alphabet Book
ISBN: 9780152059064
Author: Winter, Jeanette
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: September 2006
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Binding Type: Paperback
Language: Spanish
Annotation: Come dance with Don Pedro and his family, as they celebrate "D'a de los Muertos," in this unusual ABC book inspired by colorful, Mexican folk-art traditions. Includes a glossary of Spanish words and an Author's Note. Full color.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | Mexico
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Concepts | Alphabet
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Other, Non-religious
Library of Congress Subjects:
All Souls' Day; Mexico; Juvenile literature.
All Souls' Day; Mexico.
Dewey: 394.266/0972
LCCN: bl2006019527
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
BISAC category: JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / Mexico
Target Age Group: Age 5-6
Target Grade: Kindergarten
Grade level: Kindergarten
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 7.75" W
Bargain Category: Holiday/Seasonal, Early Elementary, Bilingual/Spanish, Picture Books
Grade level(s): PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 103502
Reading Level: 3.7   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Every year Don Pedro and his family make papier-mache skeletons, or" calaveras," for Mexico's Day of the Dead" fiesta." From the "A""ngel" and "D""octor" to the" M""ariachi" and "U""nicornio," there's a special "calavera "for each letter of the alphabet. Come dance with them
"""Includes a glossary of Spanish words and an author's note."

Contributor Bio(s):
JEANETTE WINTER has written and illustrated many books for children, including My Name Is Georgia and Josefina. She lives in New York City.
JEANETTE WINTER has written and illustrated many books for children, includingMy Name Is Georgia and Josefina. She lives in New York City.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Spring)
Every year, Don Pedro and his sons create papier-mache skeletons ([cf2]calaveras[cf1]) for [cf2]el Dia de los Muertos[cf1]. On festival day, an alphabetical procession of skeletons marches across the pages, from [cf2]angel[cf1] to [cf2]zapatero[cf1]. The effective illustrations' black backgrounds accentuate the colorfully clothed white skeletons. An alphabet glossary translates the Spanish words; an author's note provides more background on the Mexican festival and the real Don Pedro. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2004 August #2)
Jeanette Winter (illustrator of Tony Johnston's Day of the Dead) offers another visual extravaganza set against the Mexican festival in Calavera Abecedario: A Day of the Dead Alphabet Book. The neon bordered artwork begins with Don Pedro, his sons and grandsons constructing the calaveras (skeletons) for the town's celebration. When they take them to market, the calaveras come alive, assuming such roles as "candelera" (candlemaker) and "vaquero" (cowboy). (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2005 May)
K-Gr 4-A title that features jaunty illustrations inspired by Mexican folk art and a short story about preparations for the Day of the Dead that includes within it an alphabet book based on the Spanish alphabet. The heart of the book is the artwork: vivid pastel clothing and scenery set against shiny black backgrounds and complemented by the bright white of the skeletons that form an integral part of the Mexican and Mexican-American celebrations. Skeletal characters in the alphabet portion of the book include ngel (angel) and bruja (witch), Kahlo (as in Frida, about whom Winter has written), and zapatero (shoemaker). While the glossary is helpful, the illustrations offer plenty of clues as to what each word means. The story that surrounds the alphabet concerns the family of Don Pedro, three generations of which join in the yearlong making of the papier-mache skeletons for the fiestas in early November. An author's note includes information about the real Don Pedro, whose life inspired her book. This is a lovely book that approaches the Day of the Dead from an unusual angle, reflecting not only the close family ties common to Mexican life but also the non-"devilish" nature of the celebrations.-Coop Renner, Hillside Elementary, El Paso, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.