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The United States and Mexico share many similar holidays. These special days reflect common values, mutual respect for family and history, and rich cultural heritages. Through folk art, Nancy Tabor shows the similarities and differences of each holiday.


Celebrations/Celebraciones: Holidays of the United States of America and Mexico by Nancy Maria Grande Tabor offers a bilingual look at a year's worth of holidays in both nations. In English text and its Spanish translation on each spread, Tabor explains some of the differences and similarities between holiday traditions in each country, with illustrations and statements that encourage children to discover the ways in which they are like those of another cultural background: "We celebrate by sharing who we are-our individuality and our diversity." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Gr 1-4-Beginning with New Year's Day, this brief overview of Mexican and American holidays proceeds month by month, through Valentine's Day, Presidents' Day (both Abraham Lincoln and Benito Juarez), Easter, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day/Dia de la Raza, Halloween/Dia de los Muertos, Thanksgiving, Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe, and Christmas. The chronological order follows the holidays of the U.S., but the dates of the corresponding Mexican holidays are clearly stated. The spreads, brightly framed and bordered with small, childlike drawings, contain the English text at the top and corresponding accurate Spanish translation at the bottom. A one-line slogan in both English and Spanish gives a quick, encapsulated explanation of the spirit of the holiday under examination. This limited, but sound overview of two corresponding sets of American holidays in neighboring countries will complement titles treating single holidays, such as George Ancona's Pablo Remembers and Pablo recuerda (both HarperCollins, 1993) and has a place in most school and public library collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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