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DAY OF THE DEAD by Greg Paprocki


A Count and Find Primer

by Greg Paprocki ; illustrated by Greg Paprocki

Pub Date: Aug. 18th, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-4236-5426-1
Publisher: Gibbs Smith

Children can count from one to 10 with items related to the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead.

Joyful and energy-filled illustrations portray different people and objects that are part of the holiday. No. 1 is a comparsa, here described simplistically as “a carnival-like celebration” though a comparsa is not a celebration but a defined group of people that take part in the celebration. The other items are two catrinas, three “photographs of the departed,” four crowns of flowers, five musicians, six pan de muertos (“bread of the dead”), seven marigolds, eight candles, nine papel picado (“tissue paper art”), and 10 sugar skulls. For each item, readers must find the required number within the illustration. Some are easier than others, but all will have children looking and taking in the myriad details to be found in each double-page spread. At the end, the author has included 10 additional objects for children to go back and look for in the illustrations. The backmatter also includes a little information on each item. Children acquainted with this holiday will recognize the familiar objects; children for whom this is a new holiday will need some adult guidance, as the book gives no explanation for the reason for the holiday. Though most of people portrayed sport masks, the skin tones perceived range from pink to different shades of brown.

Good concept and illustrations; best for households familiar with the observance. (Board book. 2-4)