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Pablo Remembers by George Ancona

Pablo Remembers

by George Ancona

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I believe this story would be an excellent book to introduce to young students to teach them what the day of the dead is all about. Every page is filled small color photographs, accompanied by text and tells the story of how Pablo honored his grandmother by observing the Day of the Dead in their village in Mexico.Pablo's grandmother Abuelita died two years ago. Pablo celebrates the day of the dead because it brings him comfort with memories of his grandmother. Throughout the story we read and see how Pablo and his family prepare for and enjoy the activities. They shop in the market, meet up with relatives, and decorate the graves and tombs of dead relatives. This informs us as readers about the special holiday. Teaches us about the special kinds of food such as pan de muertos (bread of the dead) and Calaversas de dulce (sugar skulls). It has a Spanish glossary so you can also learn new words. The pictures are very colorful and capture the eye of the reader. I certainly enjoyed this story. ( )
  Diana_94 | Jan 28, 2016 |
Pablo Remembers is an in-depth story about the Mexican holiday, The Day of the Dead. Pablo has recently lost his grandmother, so this day of the dead is especially important. The Day of the Dead allows for Pablo to celebrate the life of his grandmother and other loved ones he has lost. This book goes into detail about the traditions and preparations of the Day of the Dead. Children need to be knowledge of holidays around the world, and this book will help educate them about the Day of the Dead. This book follows Pablo's day of the dead, and children can relate to him because he is a young boy. Children could re-create some of the traditional activities done during the Day of the Dead as a classroom activity after reading this book. ( )
  EmilyDrennan | Apr 26, 2015 |
Pablo Remembers the Fiesta of the Day of the Dead, by Georģe Ancona, tells the story of Pablo’s experiences on a Day of the Dead. It tells of the preparations for the festivities. How the family goes to the market to buy food, prepares the food and sets up the alter. They place pictures of the deceased, sugar skulls and food out for the dead. Then the family visits with other family members. The next day the family goes to the cemetery and decorates the graves. I would use this book along with others in a lesson about other cultures customs.
The content has a narrow scope. The focus is Pablo’s experience with the day of the dead. The book is introductory to the Fiesta of the Day of the Dead. Accordingly, it is not very in-depth. ( )
  Areamatha | May 9, 2013 |
In Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead by George Ancona, the reader follows Pablo and his family as they celebrate el Dia de Los Muertos. On one of the first pages, there is a two page, color picture of Pablo, his sister, and two of their cousins with their decorated candy skulls. This picture was very impactful. I was not familiar with this celebration, and I automatically thought that it was more of a time of mourning instead of an actual celebration. Seeing the huge smiles on the faces of those children changed my perception, and I became even more interested in this celebration. The story begins on All Hallows Eve with Pablo and his family preparing for the celebration. Readers accompany Pablo and his family as they go to the market to buy items for the fiesta. As Ancona explained the items that the family bought from the market, he used Spanish and the English translation was provided in italics. I appreciated the authenticity of the book, but as the story progressed, the translations were not included. I found myself flipping through the book trying to remember where I had previously seen a word so that I could continue with the rest of the story. For some of the words, such as angelitos, a brief explanation followed the use of the word, but this was not always the case. I began to feel like an outsider. I definitely think that the target audience for this book is people who are familiar with the culture and this celebration.

I thoroughly enjoyed the pictures. They documented each stage of the celebration from the women working together to make the traditional meal for the festival to the men buying sugarcane to build an arch. In the Note from the Author, Ancona provides a general explanation about the celebration of the Day of the Dead and how it has changed over the years. He notes that the holiday is both a public and private holiday in which people honor their deceased family members. After reading this book, I definitely had a better understanding of the difference between the Day of the Dead and Halloween. At the end of the book, there was a glossary of Spanish words. However, it would have been more beneficial to have the definitions included in the story. ( )
  Katina_DeBerry | Apr 29, 2013 |
Pablo Remembers is a great book demonstrating the cultural importance of the Day of the Dead for people of Mexican heritage. This book explains to children why this celebration is so significant to the people who celebrate it, and it does not trivialize the festivity. This book is directed to an audience who most likely is not familiar with the celebration, but does so from the point of view of someone who is familiar with the subject, rather than the author acting as a "tour guide." One aspect of the book I liked in particular was the original photographs, as well as both English and Spanish captions to describe the pictures. The book also provides a glossary in the back of Spanish words, giving the English translations for what the words mean. I think this book would be a great resource in any elementary classroom to help introduce the topic of the Day of the Dead in a way that does not trivialize the celebration or look at it from the perspective of an "outsider." ( )
  ccoakley | Apr 10, 2013 |
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From October 31 to November 2, people in Mexico celebrate the festival of el Dia de Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. This photodocumentary follows Pablo and his family as they prepare to honor the memory of Pablo's grandmother. Ancona's "photographs catch the affirmation of life that fills the Mexican festival arising from both Aztec and Christian customs honoring the dead....Joyful."--Chicago Tribune. "This intriguing book makes an excellent offering during the Halloween season."--School Library Journal. Also available in a Spanish Language edition, Pablo Recuerda.

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During the three-day celebration of the Days of the Dead, a young Mexican boy and his family make elaborate preparations to honor the spirits of the dead.

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