Clatter Bash A Day of the Dead Celebration by Richard Keep paperback
With a rollicking rhyme of sounds, sprinkled with Spanish words, this book leads us through The Day of the Dead as it is celebrated in Mexico and the United States. To honor the memory of loved ones, people place food and flowers on top of graves. In the pictures cheerful skeletons emerge to enjoy a fiesta. They chase butterflies, tell stories, eat, sing, and splash in a pool. At the end of the fiesta they tidy up before returning to their places. Examples of cut tissue-paper art, used as decorations for this holiday, are shown. For an adult unfamiliar with this fiesta, reading a two page illustrated afterward is recommended. This gives factual information about the festival along with a translation of Spanish words. Then one can read in rhyme and explain to children the activity in the colorful pictures. This book gives adults and children an understanding of the fun and joy of this unusual celebration of death.