May 4, 2012

Read to Me Book Challenge-Max Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Max is invited to a fiesta at Jose's house. They are celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Food, music, dancing, and a parade are all part of the fun.

This is a very cute book with colorful illustrations about what goes on at a Cinco de Mayo celebration. The book explains the English translation of the words "Cinco de Mayo" and "fiesta." It shows the traditional clothing, foods, music, and some of the activities that occur at a fiesta.

As noted in other reviews out there, the book doesn't take the opportunity to explain the reasoning and history of Cinco de Mayo, only to say that it is a holiday in Mexico.

I read this book to my almost two year old (20 months). He enjoyed the illustrations and could point out tacos since we eat them quite a bit in our house, but he doesn't understand the concept of holidays.

This book is a Read-it! Readers Red Level, meaning that it "presents familiar topics using common words and repeating sentence patterns." This book is meant for children who are just beginning to read. The focus is more on them learning to read the words and not necessarily understanding the whole background of the holiday.

For this reason, I believe it is a very well written book for the age level it was meant for. To find out more about Cinco de Mayo and activities for your children, check out Apples 4 the Teacher's Cinco de Mayo page.

Do you have anything special that you do for Cinco de Mayo? Let me know in the comments.

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