The Past

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Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish, 2002 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 47 pages
Renowned photojournalist George Ancona celebrates his heritage in this authentic and engaging tour of the land south of the border. From his many travels in Mexico, Ancona has culled memorable details and a slew of original photographs -- intimate snapshots of people in everyday settings. A remarkable photostudy, Viva Mexico! combines stunning, full-color images with a lively and concise narrative sprinkled with Spanish words and expressions. Mexico's culture, history and spirit are revealed through The Foods, The Fiestas, The Folk Arts, The Past and The People. Each volume -- whether focusing on food or art, ancient beginnings or current conflicts -- captures the many flavors and traditions of the land and its people. This series is a wonderful means of encouraging young readers to the north to appreciate their neighbor's rich heritage.

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Ancona conveys the pride in Mexico and its past in this informational text. This takes place starting about 1200 B.C. in Geographical region that one day would become Mexico. As the story progresses it moves up to Mexico as of the year 2000. Written in a series of simple sentence with lots of pictures to help convey, the unique nature of Mexico’s past in a positive aspect. 


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About the author (2002)

George Ancona was born December 4, 1929 in Brooklyn , NY. When he finished high school, he went to Mexico for six months to meet his family. He returned to New York and went to work as a graphic designer. Ancona began taking pictures of his children, and decided that photography would be his hobby. After ten years he quit his job and become a professional photographer. From these photos, he began to make children's books using the words of other writers. After several books, his editor asked him to try his own hand at writing Since then, Ancona has produced more than eighty books for children. Ancona's awards include a Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year Citation for Handtalk Birthday, a Parent's Choice Award for The Piņata Maker, and an Outstanding Science Trade Book Citation for The Golden Tamarind Comes Home.

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