ABeCedarios: Mexican Folk Art ABCs in English and Spanish

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Cinco Puntos Press, Jan 1, 2014 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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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 Moisés and Armando Jiménez, 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 Moisés and Armando’s grandfather Manuel who started making animal figures. Now more than sixty families in Arrazola make their living from wood carving.

Cynthia Weill works at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. She is the co-author with Pegi Deitz Shea of Ten Mice for Tet (Chronicle Books, 2003), a book inspired by the Vietnamese embroidery she saw while working in international relief in Hanoi, Vietnam. She is trained as an art historian and studies the process of folk artisans around the world.

K. B. Basseches is an artist, photographer, and art educator. She was an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Department of Art Education, and served as a staff photographer at the Smithsonian Institution in the Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Basseches has exhibited throughout the mid-Atlantic region and in the Los Angeles area. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her young son and husband.

 

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User Review  - vicmelen - LibraryThing

The book is an alphabet book in Spanish and English. The author chose animals that were almost the same in spelling in both English and Spanish. It has both words in the same page. It even adds ... Read full review

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User Review  - KimSiljeg - LibraryThing

This is a bilingual English/Spanish alphabet book. The artwork is really neat! The animals were handmade by the Jimenez family in Oaxaca, Mexico. I could see myself using this book in a bilingual classroom or with ELL students who are just starting to learn English. Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Cynthia Weill is a professor and mentor to teachers at Columbia University's Teachers College. She also owns a business--Aid to Women Artisans--that promotes the craftwork of artisans from developing countries. ABeCeDario is her second book. K.B. Basseches is an artist and an art educator. She taught Art Education at Virginia Commonwealth University until the birth of her son. She is now a full-time mother and fine artist. In 2005, she developed and curated a touring exhibition of adult, university and child artists' works to benefit the child victims of Hurricane Katrina.

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