Told in both English and Spanish by award-winning author-photographer George Ancona, The Piñata Maker/El piñaterodocuments this traditional Latin American artform and includes a note on how to make piñatas at home. “A delightful introduction to the subject and a memorable glimpse of one Mexican village and its people.”--Booklist
From School Library Journal
Grade 1-4 - Ancona has once again created a photo essay that brings his subject into lively and vibrant focus. A day in the life of Don Ricardo Nu?ez Gijon, or Tio Rico, a pi?ata maker, is a busy round of artistry blended with practicality. The step-by-step creation of a swan, a star, and a carrot is described. The balance between text and illustration is masterful, and both the English and Spanish narratives have an easy flow. Tio Rico is a matter-of-fact yet charming character; along with illuminating his craft, Ancona shows the man's place in his village. By the end of the book, children will understand more about Mexican culture and values. A loving introduction to Hispanic customs, lifestyles in Mexico, and the art of pi?ata production.
Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
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Ages 7-9. Writer-photographer Ancona takes children to a Mexican village to meet Tío Rico, an old man who makes beautiful piñatas, puppets, and masks for parties and festivals. Exceptionally clear and well composed, the full-color photographs bring the village, the people, and the craft of piñata-making sharply into focus. On each page, the text appears in English, then in Spanish. Clearly written in both languages, the dual English/Spanish text provides a good bridge for children learning either as a second language, and also makes the book accessible to those who know one or the other. Not just a how-to manual, the book has a narrative strand, following Tío Rico as he buys the materials for his crafts, makes them, sells them, and finally, attends a party where the children break open a piñata. A delightful introduction to the subject and a memorable glimpse of one Mexican village and its people. Carolyn Phelan
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