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Publishers Weekly
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Weill's fourth title in the bilingual First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art series, a counting book, features photographs of ceramic figurines crafted by a quartet of Oaxacan artisans known as the Aguilar Sisters. The traditionally dressed clay characters celebrate the Oaxacan festival of Guelaguetza. As the book counts to 10, each vibrantly colored page introduces a new figurine, while exclamations and comments in Spanish and English draw readers into the scenes ("The giants are my favorite! See the person wearing the costume peeking through the inside?"). Six women wear long dresses with white piping, while the text asks, "Can you dance and carry a basket of flowers on your head too?" The vivid colors and theatrical arrangements provide a window into a lively cultural celebration. Ages 2-up. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Publishers Weekly
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Weill's fourth title in the bilingual First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art series, a counting book, features photographs of ceramic figurines crafted by a quartet of Oaxacan artisans known as the Aguilar Sisters. The traditionally dressed clay characters celebrate the Oaxacan festival of Guelaguetza. As the book counts to 10, each vibrantly colored page introduces a new figurine, while exclamations and comments in Spanish and English draw readers into the scenes ("The giants are my favorite! See the person wearing the costume peeking through the inside?"). Six women wear long dresses with white piping, while the text asks, "Can you dance and carry a basket of flowers on your head too?" The vivid colors and theatrical arrangements provide a window into a lively cultural celebration. Ages 2-up. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal
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Here is another concept book that is more traditionally bilingual, and which pairs nicely with Green Is a Chile Pepper. Photos of clay figures created by the Aguilar Sisters of Oaxaca, Mexico, decorate the pages. Each spread shows the appropriate number of figures, who are all part of a parade: three musicians and five children with whimsically designed lanterns. The combination of folk art and the counting concept works splendidly to convey the context of the beloved Oaxacan cultural celebration. One idea for using this book in programming would be to have children create and decorate their own clay figures, just like the ones in the book. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.