Every year Don Pedro and his family make papier-mâché skeletons, or calaveras, for Mexico's Day of the Dead fiesta. From the Angel andDoctor to the Mariachi andUnicornio, there's a special calaverafor each letter of the alphabet. Come dance with them! Includes a glossary of Spanish words and an author's note.
I also liked this book because there is a narrative with a beginning, middle, and end which makes an informational book more captivating to the reader. I was able to connect with the characters and understand the importance of family and tradition in their culture. This is one example of where the author portrayed this idea, “The fiesta is coming soon. Fathers and sons and grandsons work into the night. The calaveras must be ready to dance on el Dia de los Muertos.”
Having read many of author/artist Jeanette Winter's picture-books, I fully expected to enjoy the illustrations in Calavera Abecedario: A Day of the Dead Alphabet Book, and I was not disappointed. Vibrantly colorful, with bold hues and spooky skeletons, it is a visual treat. I appreciated that Winter profiled Don Pedro Linares in her framing story, as he was a real-life artist whose calaveras were famous throughout Mexico. The alphabet-book aspect of this title is also well done, with the artwork (as mentioned above) making meaning plain, even for readers who have no Spanish. Recommended to anyone looking for spooky alphabet books, as well as to those searching for picture-books for Day of the Dead.