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Day of the Dead

Written by Tony Johnston & illustrated by Jeanette Winter
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Above a small town in Mexico, the sun rises like a great marigold, and one family begins preparations for an annual celebration, El día de los muertos, the Day of the Dead. Soon they will go out into the night, join their neighbors, and walk to the graveyard to welcome the spirits of their loved ones home again. Framed by decorative borders and peppered with Spanish words, Day of the Dead is a glorious introduction to a fascinating celebration. A note at the end of the book provides factual information about the holiday.

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The Goodfather
Favorite pastime? Reading with my kids. Just finished Nana Cracks the Case!
5.5 / 7.0

While the story is fun, it’s also simple. I think it’s the colorful illustrations that really make this a great Day of the Dead title. Little kids will enjoy the anticipation the children in the experience as they watch all of the preparations building to the celebration and are finally able to enjoy all of the yummy food and treats.

Mom of Boys
Mom of three little boys who love books about dragons, whangdoodles and magic.
5.0 / 7.0

This story follows two little children as they anticipate each of the exciting moments of the celebration of the Day of the Dead. They want to sneak a taste of this and a peak of that as their parents, and aunts and uncles prepare the food and activities. A fun and enlightening part of the book is the use of Spanish words. The English definition is included in a tactful way.

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Who Wrote Day of the Dead

Tony Johnston

Tony Johnston is the award-winning author of more than 100 beloved children’s books. She lives with her family in San Marino, California, where she grew up.

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Who Illustrated Day of the Dead

Jeanette Winter

Jeanette Winter has written and illustrated many books for children, including MAMA, The Librarian of Basra, Calavera Abecedario: A Day of the Dead Alphabet Book, My Name Is Georgia, and Josefina. She lives in New York City.

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Publication Date:
September 1, 2000

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