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Celebrating a Quinceanera: A Latina's 15th Birthday Celebration

by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith

Other authors: Lawrence Migdale (Illustrator)

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40. In my opinion, this is a good book to inform non-Latina about quienceaneras. I liked this book because the author’s writing is engaging and organized. On the first page of the book, the author immediately asks the reader, “What is a quinceanera?” and then defines a quinceanera clearly and in a way that makes the reader interested. The author even describes a quinceanera by stating that hundreds attend a big “fiesta,” and the word fiesta is slanted with its pronunciation, “fee-ES-ta” in parenthesis beside the word. The author did a great job with explaining this Latina tradition to people who may be completely unfamiliar with the concept. Also, I liked this book because the author made the point of view in third person. The author described the photos on each page by explaining what each person in the photo is doing and why, which I feel makes the book easier to read and understand. The big idea of this book is to inform readers about quinceanera celebrations. ( )
  eobend1 | Nov 18, 2014 |
This book is about a girl named Cynthia. Cynthia is about to have a Quinceanera, which is a celebration of your fifteenth birthday in the latino culture. Not only does the family get involved in helping prepare but the whole community. This would be a good guide to help a girl in high school prepare for her day, since it goes over all the things that need to be done before the big day.
  sntorrejon | Jul 9, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0823416933, Library Binding)

A quinceanera is more than just a birthday party. For Ariana's Mexican-American family, it is also a rite of passage, a religious occasions, and a celebration of heritage. In this festive photo essay, ten-year-old Ariana enthusiastically helps her cousin Cynthia prepare for this big event. It is a effort that involves not only the extended family but the entire community. There are invitations to be delivered, dresses to be chosen, musicians to be hired, dances to be learned and perfected, favours and food to be made, and even counseling sessions for Ariana's cousin to attend at church. On the day of Cynthia's quinceanera, it is clear that everyone's hard work has paid off as the community comes together for an occasion to be remembered and treasured. In a warm and exuberant tribute, Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith and Lawrence Migdale portray a culture and a celebration that is grounded in faith, rich in traditions, and full of life.

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Describes the customs and traditions connected with the celebration of a Mexican-American girl's fifteenth birthday, marking her coming of age.

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