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Clatter Bash! A Day of the Dead Celebration

by Richard Cleminson Keep

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This was the most simple book I read--aimed at the younger side of elementary readers. I greatly enjoyed the traditional art, which draws heavily on Day of the Dead history and style. Kids will find it very fun to read, as it rhymes as you follow the celebration. It would be a great read aloud book, as it requires a very interactive sort of audience, even though there are words in Spanish. The message isn't there, outside of simply giving the briefest of overviews of the holiday, but that works nicely with the style of book. ( )
  StephKiefer | Apr 4, 2017 |
This book is a fun book to learn about the hispanic traditional holiday, the Day of the Dead. The illustrations are fun, bright, colorful, and very festive. There were very little amounts of words on the pages, with one or two Spanish words mixed in. This book also used exclamations, onomatopoeia, and bilingual writing. The book explained the side of the ghosts rather than what the people do to celebrate. At the back of the book there was a glossary of the Spanish words used in the book and words associated with the holiday that were not used. This book provided a different perspective on a traditional night. ( )
  kgibso11 | Feb 29, 2016 |
I chose this day because it is about day of the dead and would be a good way for kids to learn what Day of the Dead is. For this book I would have kids use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast Halloween and Day of the Dead. ( )
  ksd011 | Feb 23, 2016 |
In my opinion, this is a great book to introduce to young readers who do not know what Cinco de Mayo consists of. The characters that are used are not believable but hilarious and amusing. Richard keep decided to write and illustrate the story in the perspective of the dead. The skeletons are the one who are celebrating in the book and this specifically helps the reader understand what happens. The perspective of the story changes a potentially “creepy” holiday, to a day of fun and appreciation. I liked how the book did not use too many words because the illustrations told it all. The acrylic, bright paint enhances the mood of the story by portraying The Day of the Dead as a pleasant holiday. The purpose of this story was to portray Cinco de Mayo as an enjoyable holiday. ( )
  bigkristin | Nov 20, 2014 |
Dia de los Muertos! (Day of the Dead). This is a book that explains to many children what the "Day of the
Dead " is. This text helps young children understand why this is a holiday for most Mexican cultures, and what significance it has. Many children may not be exposed to a variety of cultures. This is a great read for children to understand a religious ritual many hispanics do to honor their ancestors. Children will find this book intriguing and colorful because of the birght and funny pictures. This book also teaches children about their language. There is Spanish in this book which helps the children understand their language a little bit more. They will understand what the hispanics call this special holiday and some of the phrases they use while celebrating this holiday. Show your child that death does not always have to be mornful and sad; give them something to hope for and remember when someone passes on that they loved dearly. ( )
  klsulliv | Oct 3, 2011 |
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Gracias to Joe Lucas who, on his deathbed, inspired the birth of this book. -- R.C.K.
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