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Sunday, November 1, 2009
BONUS Illustrated Book: Clatter Bash!
Today marks part of the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico and other communities around the world. The celebration is about honoring and remembering members of your family that have passed on and celebrating the relationships you have with family members still with you. It's a tradition that predates European contact with the western hemisphere and incorporates art, music, and food as well.
There are a ton of neat websites out there with information on Day of the Dead, among them this page put out by the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, that has resources for both teachers and students.
There are also a lot of really interesting illustrated books on the subject, like Clatter Bash! by Richard Keep. The words in this book are really simple and include phrases in both English and Spanish, while the cut paper illustrations show a family of skeletons observing the Day of the Dead traditions. There's a really interesting and informative article at the end of the book that explains all about Day of the Dead and what the different symbols represent.
I love illustrated books that teach me something and I'm also a huge fan of Mexican folk art, so Clatter Bash! definitely hits the mark on both counts.