Junior Library Guild, Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice, 2014
Bank Street's Best Children's & Young Adult Books of the Year, 2014
Welcome to la familia! Father, mother, abuelita. The fifties kitsch of Familia introduces readers to a family just like theirs.
Bilingual - English & Spanish
June 14, 2013
All Rights Available
Welcome to the Family! It’s just like yours: father, mother, sister, brother, abuelita, gato. Well, there’s something just a little bit different about this 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. Familia-life.
Oaxacan folk artist Zárate creates papier-mâché sculptures of Day of the Dead–style skeletons that grin widely as a young skeleton named Anita introduces her family…Zárate’s sculptures exude personality.
Though they are skeletons, this family couldn’t be friendlier … The details traditional Oaxacan artist Canseco Zárate includes charm as fully as Weill’s crunchy vocabulary … They may be dead, but their affection is palpable. Just right for the Day of the Dead or for a fresh take on family structures—tan lindo!
The photographed Oaxacan folk-art figures will make readers smile as each one has a fixed grin, as one would expect from a well-dressed skeleton … This book would be a welcome and culturally relevant addition to beginning-reader collections.
- Maricela Leon-Barrera, San Francisco Public Library, October 1, 2013
De Colores: The Raza Experience in Books for Children
Mi familia calaca / My Skeleton Family is great fun for the youngest children — both hablantes and English speakers — and can lend itself to a plethora of art projects during celebrations of El Día de los Muertos, and any other time as well. Highly recommended.