Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Festival Of Bones by Luis San Vicente


Halloween is almost here, happily, but there is another holiday that is every bit as exciting and in many ways even cooler than Halloween: Dia De Los Muertos--Day Of The Dead. This is one of my favorite holidays and such a beautiful way to celebrate life and our loved ones who have passed on. In Mexico, Dia De Los Muertos is celebrated from October 31 through November 2nd. At our house it is celebrated on November 1-2nd.

Children respond to this not with fear, but curiosity and excitement. My son loves Day of the Dead and welcomes the chance to hear stories about relatives he never got to meet. He's also quite happy to partake in the special foods, music and decor.

The Festival of Bones, by Luis San Vicente, is a great way to introduce children to this holiday. The artwork is fantastic. We have three other Day of the Dead children's books, but this one is my favorite. I love that it is bi-lingual and the illustrations are incredible. In the back of the book are some fun facts about the holiday, and recipes for Sugar Skulls and Bread of the Dead. I highly recommend this book. Festival of Bones is published by Cinco Puntos Press where you can also find a variety of bi-lingual books for kids.

4 comments:

SLY said...

What are the other books that you have on the subject matter? I bought a copy of this book for myself and am excited to read it.

Eco Mama said...

Hi SLY! Thanks for stopping by! Other books I'd recommend:

DAY OF THE DEAD by Tony Johnston and Jeanette Winter (very colorful, great illustrations)
http://www.amazon.com/Day-Dead-Tony-Johnston/dp/0152024468/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255742202&sr=1-1

Calavera Abecedario
http://www.amazon.com/Calavera-Abecedario-Dead-Alphabet-Book/dp/0152059067/ref=pd_sim_b_1

and Clatter Bash! (love the monarch butterflies)
http://www.amazon.com/Clatter-Bash-Day-Dead-Celebration/dp/1561454613/ref=pd_sim_b_4

SLY said...

I've been a reader of your blog for quite some time now. I definitely enjoy your recommendations!

Eco Mama said...

Thank you SLY! It's great having you here!
xo
Eco Mama