Piñata Maker

Piñata Maker

El Piñatero

by George Ancona
1st Edition, ©1994, ISBN: 9780152000608
Trade Paperback, 40 pages
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Historical Setting: Mexico

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
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

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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