Carnival, like Mardi Gras, is celebrated just before
Ash Wednesday at the beginning of Lent. Ancona, who has set a standard
of excellence for photo essays, has created a colorful book about celebrating
Carnival in Olinda, Brazil. Although Portuguese is the language of
Brazil, similar celebrations are held in Europe and Spanish speaking countries
in Latin America. Spanish teacher, Vicki Papore, says “The photographs
are incredible! They give the reader a real feeling of being at Carnival.
This book held my interest. I would read it to my students
during the carnival season to promote discussion on the subject.
February is summer in South America and Ancona shows people making masks
and puppets during that season.” In a note from the author
at the end of the book, Ancona mentions how and why Europeans celebrate
carnival. This is a colorful addition to libraries where information
on other cultures or holidays is needed.
GUEST REVIEWER: Vicki Leathers-Papoure, Spanish teacher,
Negaunee Middle School and Negaunee High School, Negaunee, MI
7 years of experience as a Spanish Language teacher.
Shaik, Fatima. ON MARDI GRAS DAY. Illus by Floyd
Cooper. New York: Dial, 1999.
32p. 04; hb., $16.99 02; lib.bdg., $1.89 9710588 PreS-3 E
This story is told in the first person by a girl
who, with her younger brother, dresses up to watch the Zulu and Rex Mardi
Gras parades in New Orleans. After the parades they eat gumbo,
fried chicken, and other delights with their family. An Author's
Note at the back of the book tells more about Mardi Gras. Cooper's
oil illustrations capture the text and the spirit of the festival.
There are not many Mardi Gras books and this one is a solid purchase for
school and public libraries.
Mary Ann Paulin, Director, Superiorland Preview Center
32 years of experience as a school library/media specialist
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