- By George Ancona

El piñatero/ The Piñata Maker

  • Title: El piñatero/ The Piñata Maker
  • Author: George Ancona
  • ISBN: 9780152000608
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Paperback
  • El pi atero The Pi ata Maker Told in both English and Spanish by award winning author photographer George Ancona The Pi ata Maker El pi atero documents this traditional Latin American artform and includes a note on how to make p

    Told in both English and Spanish by award winning author photographer George Ancona, The Pi ata Maker El pi atero documents this traditional Latin American artform and includes a note on how to make pi atas at home A delightful introduction to the subject and a memorable glimpse of one Mexican village and its people BooklistTold in both English and Spanish by award winning author photographer George Ancona, The Pi ata Maker El pi atero documents this traditional Latin American artform and includes a note on how to make pi atas at home A delightful introduction to the subject and a memorable glimpse of one Mexican village and its people Booklist

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    1. 'The Pinata Maker/El Pinatero' is a great book that highlights the Latin American art and tradition of making pinatas. The author narrarates the story of Don Ricardo, the pinata maker. The book contains full color photos of Don Ricardo, his pinatas and the process of making pinatas.The book follows a somewhat cohesive storyline where a young Mexican boy named Beto takes old newspapers and brown paper cement bags to Don Ricardo, as these are the materials he uses to make his famous pinatas. The b [...]

    2. Grade/interest level: 3rd-5thReading level: 930LGenre: Information textMain characters: the pinata makerSetting: MexicoPOV: NarratorSummary:This book was kind of written like a story, but was mostly about the piñata maker and the steps he takes for making every piñata. In the book we get to see the piñata maker make first a swan piñata and then a star piñata. We learn what a piñata is made of: newspaper, crepe paper, paste, etc. We also learn about traditional items piñatas are filled wit [...]

    3. Author: George AnconaRecommended Ages: 5th gradeDon Ricardo a.k.a Tio Rico makes pinatas for a living. He used to make sombreros but became to old for it. He now makes pinatas for birthday parties, Christmas and festivities. The book goes over how Don Ricardo goes about making the pinatas, the process and so forth. Don Ricardo also makes puppets for any kind of festivity. I enjoyed reading this book because in my culture, pinatas are used in all birthday parties. Pinatas are not as easy to make [...]

    4. The large colorful photographs in this book (of real life people and the steps involved in building a pinata) demonstrate the beauty of this Latin American art and tradition. The "pinata maker" is a man named Don Ricardo who lives and works in a village in southern Mexico. His story is told in both English and Spanish, documenting a sort of "life in the day" of this skilled and artistic man, as he makes his pinatas and interacts with the people of his community. I will keep this book in mind for [...]

    5. While this ended up being far too long for the age range I reach in storytime, I thought the true story represented here was wonderful. Great photographs and a wonderful celebration of culture. However, the bilingual element was poorly presented. By this I mean that it was tough to quickly find the correct language in which you are reading, as they move around the page and simply having the starting letter a different color was not enough for me. I realized several times that I was reading in th [...]

    6. The Pinata Maker or El Pinatero is a true story about a 77 year old man by the name of Don Ricardo. Our story takes place in a small poor town in Southern Mexico. Don Ricardo has been making pinatas for children in the village for the past 15 years. He also makes magical puppets, and masks. This story is about the process Don Ricardo goes through to create a pinata. He is a very popular man in the village and gets invited to all the parties too. Don Ricardo brings so much happiness to the childr [...]

    7. The Piñata Maker or El Pinatero by George Ancona is a story about a 77 year old man named Don Ricardo. This bilingual book describes to the reader how Don Ricardo crafts piñatas in Southern Mexico. Ancona also includes very colorful illustrations which could fascinate many young readers. Overall, I believe that this is definitely a well written book that I would recommend to teachers interested in teaching about the genre of informational books.

    8. This is an informational book about Pinatas. Most children can make connections to pinatas. This book can be used to look at the history of pinatas and the culture they started in. This would be a great book for a research study.

    9. Interesting story that offers a glimpse into a different culture, time, and place. It offers scenes from a community where this El Pinatero played a crucial part in society.

    10. Written in English and Spanish! Neat look at a day in the life of a pinata maker. It's definitely going to amp up my kiddos for our pinata art project

    11. Fantastic Latin artwork! Even includes piñata directions for kids. A variety of teaching ideas could come from this book, beyond art history alone!

    12. Neat! I had no clue that real pinatas were made from actual clay pots! So much more fun than plain paper mache ones!

    13. This is a great beginner book for pinata making. Not a lot in the way of instructions, but definitely a good read for ideas.

    14. Colorful photos show us life in this man's village, how and why he makes pinatas. I like this book because it clearly shows that the pleasure this man gets from making pinatas is passed on to others. It's a non-fiction book book - a how to book - however, it highlights how 'work' can make us happy, how our work can help or bring joy to others, and the value of arts and crafts. The added bonus is it's bilingual and it's short enough to read to a class in one sitting. Could easily be used for arts [...]

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