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Felipa and the Day of the Dead

Felipa and the Day of the Dead
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Product ID : cb0-7358-2011-2



Felipa's beloved grandmother, Abuelita, has died. Felipa miser her terribly and is very sad. Her parents try to comfort Felipa. They tell her that the souls of the dead live on forever. So Felipa decides to find Abuelita's soul. But where is it? She asks her grandmother's donkey, her pig, and her llamas for help. She treks many miles to the highest mountain, but grandmother's soul is nowhere to be found. Then, months later, the entire village is bustling with preparations for the Day of the Dead. Felipa joins in the celebrations honoring loved ones who have died, and in the process finally finds Abuelita's soul.

From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2-When Abuelita dies, Felipa misses her a great deal. When she is told that people's souls live on forever, she asks the donkey, the pig, and the llamas where her grandmother is hiding. They do not tell her. She searches high in the Andes but can not find her there either. In November, the village prepares for a celebration in which special treats, flowers, and candles are taken to decorate the graves and the cemetery comes to life with laughter, music, and stories. The child then feels close to her grandmother through the memories that her parents share with her. The almost-impressionistic paintings are done in rich shades of yellow, orange, and blue; they capture Felipa's emotions but few details of the culture or celebration. This will be an excellent story to pair with nonfiction sources regarding the Day of the Dead but may not be fully appreciated without additional information.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Softcover: 36 pages

by Birte Muller