It is Sandy’s birthday, and she and her family are getting ready to travel to a powwow. Sandy is thrilled to received so many special birthday presents, which make up a beautiful costume, perfect for the traditional dance she will perform at the powwow. All she is missing is her moccasins, but they are nowhere to be found. What Sandy doesn’t know is that her father has a wonderful birthday surprise.
An overview of the history of Powwows and their many expressions with outstanding photographs in bright colors.
Each of the twenty four books in this collection dedicated to some of the most important holidays and festivities celebrated in the United States is the combination of two books in one. The first part is an engaging realistic fiction story beautifully illustrated by a diversity of illustrators. The second part is a non-fiction piece that explains the history and significance of the holiday or celebration. This second part is illustrated with bright and unique photographs that will allow children to witness the celebration.
The festivities addressed include:
- Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Celebrate PowWow
- Celebrate Chinese New Year
- Celebrate Halloween & Day of the Dead
- Celebrate Mardi Gras
- Celebrate Thanksgiving
- Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
- Celebrate Hannukah
- Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
- Celebrate Kwanzaa
- Celebrate Fourth of July
- Celebrate Christmas & Three Kings Day
For more details in the series and the values it presents see the series description: Series Stories to Celebrate / Cuentos para celebrar. There is also an individual page, like this, for each of the books in the series.
Lesson plans and questions to guide the Creative Reading Dialogue can be found on the SantillanaUSA website: www.santillanausa.com/cuentosparacelebrar.htm
There are two CDs with the readings of the twelve stories in English and two CDs with the readings of the twelve stories in Spanish.
The CDs will allow children to follow a professional reading aloud individually or in groups.
They can be beneficial to children learning a second language, whether English or Spanish, since they will be able to read the book in their stronger language and then listen to the recording in the second language, or vice versa.
The first time I saw a powwow, many years ago in Colorado, it left in me an indelible impression. I was fascinated by the dances, but even more moved by the sense of family, friendship, and solidarity that permeated the whole event. I knew someday I would like to write about it.
Isabel and I feel great respect for all indigenous people in the World and great admiration for Native American cultures and their artistic expressions. Isabel keeps a small, but meaningful collection, of paintings, ceramics and handcrafts created by Native American artists. Above all we have wonderful Native American friends. In the book we thank Christy and Leni Prairie Chicken who have blessed our home and life with their presence.
Since I am one of the two authors of this book, I can share my side of the story. You can visit www.isabelcampoy.com to read what the other author has to say.
Many readers are intrigued about how two authors collaborate to write a book. If you share this curiosity you may enjoy reading how Isabel Campoy explains this experience in the chapter authored by her “Writing in Collaboration: One plus One is One or Two” in the book Alma Flor Ada and You, volume II published by Libraries Unlimited.
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