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an excerpt from la Familia - A Mexican Folk Art Family in English and Spanish
an excerpt from <i>la Familia - A Mexican Folk Art Family in English and Spanish</i> August 16, 2012

This is an unedited drafts. For more on La Familia click here.

Welcome to la familia! Father, mother, abuelita. The fifties kitsch of Familia introduces readers to a family just like theirs.

Welcome to the Family! It's just like yours: father, mother, sister, brother, abuelita, gato, even a great-great grandmother. Well, but there's something just a little bit different about this particular family. Maybe it's those clothes they wear . . . just a little bit fashion backward. And the colors! So vibrant and . . . lively. Maybe that's what it is. They are just so full of life while looking almost other-worldly.

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Cynthia Weill's latest book for young readers teaches basic information about relationships, while also celebrating the colorful tradition of Mexico's Day of the Dead. Artist Jesus Canseco Zárate's long-limbed sculptures are a playful twist on traditional Mexican iconography of the skeleton that stretches back through the country's art history to Jose Gualdalupe Posada's engravings and Aztec sculpture.

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Cynthia Weill holds a doctorate in education from Teachers College Columbia University. She is on the board of the Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art which seeks to promote and preserve the artists and artisanal work of that Mexican state. Familia is her fifth book featuring the folk art of Oaxaca.

Jesus Canseco Zárate is a young Oaxacan folk artist whose medium of choice is paper mâché. In 2008 he won first prize in the Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art completion for young artists.

View all the books from Cynthia Weill's First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art here.

la Familia - A Mexican Folk Art Family in English and Spanish
by Cynthia Weill
illustrated by Jesus Canseco Zárate
available in hardcover Spring 2013

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