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A Kid's Guide to Latino History: More Than 50 Activities    by Valerie Petrillo order for
Kid's Guide to Latino History
by Valerie Petrillo
Order:  USA  Can
Chicago Review Press, 2009 (2009)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

If you'd like to play loteria (Mexican bingo), create a Puerto Rican vejigante mask or learn to dance the merengue (a dance from the Dominican Republic), you'll find the necessary instruction in this informative and useful workbook.

These hands-on activities - over 50 games, activities, and craft projects that explore the diversity of Latino culture - will not only broaden your children's awareness of the customs of Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, but also pull in materials from Central and South America.

Along with learning how to make locro, Ecudorian Potato and Cheese Soup, and pan de muertos, Bread of the Dead, your youngster will find an explanation of rites of passage for young people, what life is like in Spanish Harlem and how a five year old Cuban, Elian Gonzalez, captured the attention of the world when he was found floating in a car tire off the coast of Florida in 1988.

A rich and eclectic resource for teachers and parents, this is a book that will not only educate a child but also provide hours of fun, enrichment activities. Although designed for children ages seven and older, many adults will find this a fascinating read. They may also find the many recipes a way of adding a little variety to the dinner table.

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