Day of the Dead
By Tony Jonston, Jeanette Winter
Paperback. 48 pages.
This written tribute to the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead is filled with cultural icons, rituals, and customs that bring the holiday to life for the reader. Full-color illustrations.
Above a small town in Mexico, the sun rises like a great marigold, and one family begins preparations for an annual celebration, " El dia 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.
Tony Johnston's numerous books for children include It's About Dogs, illustrated by Ted Rand, Very Scary, illustrated by Douglas Florian, and The Day of the Dead, illustrated by Jeanette Winter. She lives with her family in California.
Jeanette Winter is the acclaimed author/illustrator of many highly regarded picture books, including "The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq"; "Mama: A True Story" "in Which a Baby Hippo Loses His Mama During a Tsunami, but Finds a New Home", "and a New Mama";" Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa"; "Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan"; "Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia"; Henri's Scissors", "Mr. Cornell's Dream Boxes", and most recently, Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan". She lives with her husband, artist Roger Winter, in New York.