Academic journal article Language Arts

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras

Academic journal article Language Arts

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras

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Honor Books Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras Written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh Abrams, 2015, 40 pp., ISBN 978-1-4197-1647-8

"Skeletons riding bicycles . . . skeletons wearing fancy hats . . . skeletons dancing and strumming on guitars. We call these festive bony figures calaveras" (p. 2). José Guadalupe Posada, called Lupe, was the creator of the calaveras or skull that is associated with el Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead. Lupe's story unfolds as he demonstrates serious aptitude and appreciation for art. He learns about printmaking in Don Trinidad Pedroza's print shop. Lupe uses his printing skills, including engraving and artwork, to critique the local politicians in a small newspaper, el Jicote, "The Bumblebee." He eventually opens his own print shop in León, but a flood destroys the entire city, including his shop. Don Lupe uses his art skills in many print shops prior to opening a new shop in Zocaló. …

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