Dia de los Muertos

Simon and Schuster sent me Dia de los Muertos, a book from their new board book series Celebrate the World.  Other titles include Ramadan, Diwali and Lunar New Year.  I chose to share this one with you because I think these books are well done and a fabulous way to share holidays around the globe with your kids.

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Title: Dia de los Muertos (Celebrate the World)dia de los muertos

Author: Hannah Eliot

Target: Preschool-Grade 2

Series: Yes

What this book is about: 

This book teaches kids about the Day of the Dead.  Colorful illustrations reminiscent of the stylized artwork for the celebration will give kids plenty to look at.  Lots of facts which include the types of food eaten, the purpose of the skeletons, the decorations and the altars will give children a real sense of the holiday. Spanish words are also interspersed in the text giving this book a real Mexican flair.

Why I love it:

  • This is just a great primer for the celebration.  Detailed enough for this age group that they will actually understand something about the holiday without feeling overwhelmed.
  • I think that it is absolutely lovely that this is part of a bigger series to educated kids about holidays around the world.  Many children hear about celebrations such as Day of the Dead or Diwali and know which cultures celebrate them, but have little understanding of their meaning.

Who this book is for:

Great for all kids.  The one thing I didn’t like was the board book format.  The information in this book makes it great for first and second grade, but the board book delivery may turn older kids off.

Final thoughts:

I loved the illustrations and they are done by a Mexican animator.  I appreciated the ethnic authenticity.

To purchase this book:

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