A lively and colorful story about a young boy's preparations for Carnaval in the Andean mountains of Peru is accompanied by reproductions of arpilleras by the members of the Club de Madres Virgen del Carmen of Lima. Reprint. K. SLJ. AB.
From Publishers Weekly
This depiction of a celebration in the Andes Mountains is illustrated with hand-sewn arpilleras (quilt-like murals) from Lima, Peru. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4-- The text, illustrated with photographs of arpilleras (three-dimensional fabric wall hangings), covers three days in the life of a Peruvian boy as he and his family prepare for a carnaval celebration in the nearby village. The boy describes the everyday work that must be finished as he anticipates the festivities and practices the music he will play with his band. The information about the daily life of the people of the Andes is reinforced by the brilliantly colored folk art, made by a cooperative of women. The problem is that the boy exists only as a voice to convey information--which he does in an earnest, but unconvincing, monologue. The folk art, while appealing, does little to convince readers that this is a particular child with emotions. Although the book is a bit of a throw-back (it is primarily an informational book clothed as fiction), it packs in a lot of detail and would be a useful introduction to the culture. The photographs of the arpilleras give an additional dimension, and the two pages of photos showing the women making them are among the most interesting in the book. The sale of the arpilleras and a percentage of the royalties will go to support relief efforts. Would that such obvious sincerity had produced more inspired fiction and a deeper view of a rich culture. --Eleanor K. MacDonald, Beverly Hills Public Library
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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