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Mi familia calaca/My Skeleton Family

Midwest Book Review

Mi Familia Calaca / My Skeleton Family is a bilingual picture story with big sister Anita introducing a cheery, well-dressed complete family, including brother, sister, baby, mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, great grandmother and more, even a dog and cat. There is something a bit different about these spunky family portraits. Everyone is a smiling skeleton! Celebrating an ancient Mexican folk tradition of regarding the skeleton figure as a beloved, familiar friend or clown, Mi Familia Calaca / My Skeleton Family represents the complete skeleton family in colorful pictures of creative paper mache statues or figures, each with a cheerful smiling skull. The artistic creations of Oaxacan folk artist Jesus Canseco Zarate are amazing, new interpretations of the familiar beloved traditions of the Day of the Dead in Mexican culture. Each portrait page is accompanied by brief text descriptions in both English and Spanish. 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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