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A colorful, surreal trip to a Mexican fiesta
Naty is so excited - this is the first year she gets to be one of the puppet people in the parade celebrating Guelaguetza, a July festival of folk dances in southern Mexico. At first the sights are overwhelming - the feather dancers, the pi-a (pineapple) girls, the fish-men who perform El Pescado, the dance of the fish. Then her father helps her into her mouse costume and sees her off to a safe start in the parade, but in the excitement of the hustle-bustle, Naty drops her clay whistle and becomes lost. Mustering all her courage, she finds her way back to the parade just before nightfall and is soon reunited with her father. This simple story, told in a distinctly childlike voice, is brought to life in Freschet's exuberantly colorful oil paintings, which feature sights strange and magical and which capture the essence of Mexico.
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Gina Freschet divides her time between New York City and Oaxaca, Mexico. This is her first children's book as both author and illustrator.
Naty, a Mexican girl, can't wait to wear her pointy-toed boots and mouse costume in Oaxaca's Guelaguetza festival, a midsummer carnival of musicians, food vendors and dancers in elaborate disguises. "The pi?a girls have come from the north to do the pineapple dance. And sunflower girls from the south smile like butterflies." Disoriented by the kaleidoscopic sights and sounds, Naty gets lost in the side streets. Yet she soon notices local landmarks and gets back to the center of town: "The shop where they make the pi?atas. And the Frog Burger sign. / -S!, s!, s!! Yes, yes, yes!/ First turn right and then turn left." Freschet (The Lute's Tune) adds a few Spanish words to this accessible travelogue, and she paints the chaotic scenery in fiesta colors of jalape?o green, hot-pepper red and tortilla golden yellow, under an azure sky. Ordinary cars and buildings appear alongside surreal organic shapes and transparent portraits of angels, mimicking the vibrant confusion of the village celebration. The dreamlike, folk-art-inspired imagery may remind art lovers of Chagall, with a tropical vivacity. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) FYI: A simultaneous Mirasol Spanish edition, La procesi?n de Naty, is also available ($16 -36136-3).
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Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110374355002
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