Monday, October 26, 2015

Book Review: Día de los Muertos by Roseanne Gerenfield Thong

Day of the Dead book

Día de los Muertos
by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
illustrated by Carles Ballesteros

Remember how I mentioned that there were several new children's books out this year on the topic of Day of the Dead? Well here's my second review. 

Día de los Muertos (aff link) is a visual feast of a book. It takes the readers through the day as it is celebrated by one family. You'll read about how they decorate their home altar and visit a cemetery where they decorate the graves of their loved ones.

Roseanne Greenfield Thong does a particularly good job of making the book rhyme and weaves Spanish words throughout. (You may remember her as she is also the author of Round is a Tortilla and Green is a Chile Pepper.) There's a glossary at the end of the book to help non-Spanish speakers understand the words she uses. And she also includes a section explaining the tradition surrounding the holiday and where it finds its roots.

Carles Ballesteros was born in Spain and now lives in Chile. You should totally look up his website where you'll see sneak peeks of the illustrations he's done for other children's books - many of them in Spanish! (I totally love learning about new authors and illustrators!)

Ballesteros' illustrations in this book are fun and colorful. He fills the pages with lots of details that you and your child will enjoy discovering. 

This book is a great resource for lesson plans and unit studies covering Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos, world cultures, Halloween, Mexico, family traditions, and more. 

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