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Fiesta!

by June Behrens

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In my opinion this is a great informational book when a student is learning about Cinco De Mayo. The pictures in the story were real photographs that were taken at a Cinco De Mayo party which is helpful for visualizing the celebration. The writing was very informative for readers who do not know anything about Cinco De Mayo or Mexican American culture as a whole. In the story the narrator kept referring back to "they learned", which eludes that the narrator is not part of the Mexican American culture but is learning about the culture and enjoying what they are learning. This book pushes readers to learn more about the Mexican-American culture and what their celebrations entail. I think this is a good book for readers in 3rd grade to read because it is an informational text where they will learn something but it is also a text that can relate to students their age. ( )
  jherrm1 | Apr 4, 2015 |
SUMMARY: This book was an informational text. It had photographs of people celebrating Cinco de Mayo to compliment the explanation. It also gives a history of the holiday. For example, "On May 5th, 1862, there was a big battle in the town of Puebla, Mexico. In a battle with the French army, the poor, ragged Mexican army won a great victory. The victory helped to drive foreigners out of North America." It also gives many activities and traditions that are done to celebrate this day. For example, "Musicians walk around our park. They play their guitars and violins and trumpets."

Review: This book's main idea was describing the importance and the traditions of Cinco de Mayo to a child. I think that this would be a great book to have a student use as a reference. This has a lot of valuable information and translations. For example, "We have a piñata party in the evening. The piñata is a clay pot decorated with bright colored tissue paper."
  ekrzys1 | Oct 6, 2014 |
The book is about celebrating Latino American heritage. There are a lot of in class pictures of students participating in various Hispanic activities. The book is full of key terms to help broaden a child’s vocabulary. ( )
  atlomas | Jan 21, 2012 |
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Describes the commemoration of the victory of the Mexican army over the French army on May 5, 1862, a victory which signaled the end of foreign invasions of North America.

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Describes the commemoration of the victory of the Mexican army over the French army on May 5, 1862, a victory which signaled the end of foreign invasions of North America.

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