The tradition of los abuelos comes from northern New Mexico. In the cold months of midwinter, village men disappear to disguise themselves as scary old men and then descend on the children, teasing them and asking if they've been good. The abuelos encourage the little ones to dance and sing around huge bonfires. Afterwards, everyone enjoys cookies and empanadas. In this ch...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Groundwood Books
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Abuelos by Pat Mora is a culturally specific story highlighting one Mexican cultural practice. Abuelos come down from the mountain once a year to make sure all the children have been behaving. In actuality the Abuelos are really various community members in disguise. I would parallel this tradition to American myths like the boogie monster or Santa Clause. Good little children who mind their parents have nothing to worry about, but bad little children are taken away. The psychological effect of...more
This book is great! It is about an old New Mexican tradition where "abuelos" come from the mountain top to visit the village to see if the children have behaved well. They dress up in masks. A little girl is experiencing this and is scared of seeing the "abuelos." Her uncle visits while they prepare for the celebration. When the abuelos finally come down she screams and runs and taunts the abuelos.. She notices one of the old men wearing shoes like her uncle and then his masks comes off and her...more
Pat Mora (born 1942) is a female Mexican-American author and poet. Pat Mora was born in El Paso, Texas. She is married and has 3 grown children.More about Pat Mora...