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ABeCedarios Mexican Folk Art ABCs in English and Spanish
ABeCedarios Mexican Folk Art ABCs in English and Spanish Author:Cynthia Weill and KB Basseches From School Library Journal — Grade 2?4?Mexican folk-art figures are the focus of this colorful alphabet book. Each page presents a small Oaxacan woodcarving of an animal done in a rainbow of colors. The only text is the animals' names in Spanish and in English. For example, "the Dolphin/el Delf?n"; "the Elephant/el Elefante." The sculpted figure... more »s display personality and enough vibrant energy to leap off the pages. Unusual or rare creatures?a hybrid Zedonk, a unicorn, and imaginary "X" animal?appear as examples in whimsical colors and imaginative patterns. An attractive choice for folk-art study or libraries with large collections of artistic ABC books.?Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX
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Every ABC book worth its cover price is bound to have bright colors and big letters. But not every ABC book has magical hand-carved animals to illustrate every letter. And very few alphabet books present those letters in more varieties than English! Very few alphabet books except the ABeCedarios, that is! In this brightly colored book, the alphabet is presented in both Spanish and English, and includes the four additional letters?and whimsical animals?that make the Spanish alphabet so much fun.
The famous folk artists, brothers Mois?s and Armando Jim?nez, carved the wonderful animal figures that illustrate each letter in ABeCedarios. Working with their wives and children in the beautiful village of Arrazola in Oaxaca, Mexico, they carved and painted each enchanting animal by hand. For many centuries, people in Oaxaca have carved wood to make toys and household objects. However, it was Mois?s and Armando?s grandfather Manuel who started making animal figures. Now more than sixty families in Arrazola make their living from wood carving.« less