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A Mexican Folk Art Family in English and Spanish

by Cynthia Weill
illustrated by Jesus Canseco Zárate
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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.

Product Details

10-digit ISBN1-935955-50-0
13-digit ISBN978-1-935955-50-4
LanguageBilingual - English & Spanish
Also Available InPaperback
Page Count32
Product Dimensions6x10
Publication DateJune 14, 2013
RightsAll 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.

Publishers Weekly
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.
- July 22, 2013  Visit Website
Kirkus Reviews
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!
- August 14, 2013 
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School Library Journal
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 
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Midwest Book Review
For a bilingual, bicultural experience with a little macabre slant, read Mi Familia Calaca / My Skeleton Family with your elementary school student or child.
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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.
- Beverly Slapin, January 12, 2016  Visit Website
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