Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Celebrating the Traditions of Mexico

By Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith; Lawrence Migdale (Photographer)

Holiday House, Paperback, 9780823422791, 30pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2010

This colorful photo-essay introduces Rosie, whose family celebrates their Mexican-American traditions in California. After discussing Benito Jurez, the history of Cinco de Mayo, and three major waves of immigration from Mexico, Hoyt-Goldsmith presents elements of Rosies heritage such as food,

language, and mariachi music. Rosie performs a dance during her California communitys Cinco de Mayo festivities, and the book concludes with scenes from a parade that day, followed by a family barbacoa (barbecue) with traditional foods. The clearly written text and the many fine, color photos provide readers with information as well as glimpses of life in Rosies community. Small cut-paper silhouettes in solid colors add a distinctive note to the festive-looking pages.

About the Author
Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith is the art director of Square Moon Productions, a book design and development company. She lives with her husband, son, and daughter in Orinda, California.

Lawrence Migdale takes photographs of children in their own environments. He lives in Orinda, California, with his wife and two sons.