All posts filed under: Multicultural

SOMOS LATINOS: Mis Escuela / My School

Christopher’s parents came from Central America. His father from El Salvador, his mother from Guatemala. He goes to the Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Los Angeles. We meet his friends, teachers, and principal. For the harvest festival the entire school, both students and teachers, gets dressed up in costumes.

SOMOS LATINOS: Mis Barrio / My Neighborhood

There are many neighborhoods where Spanish is spoken in the homes, on the streets, in the stores, and in the schools. We visit Marc Anthony’s barrio in Brooklyn, New York. His parents came from Puerto Rico and he takes us to see the murals, the stores, the subway and the people of his neighborhood.

SOMOS LATINOS: Mis Casa / My House

Araceli lives in a house on a ranch in Oregon where her parents are raising goats, calves and chickens in the barn. There’s a lot of work to be done from morning to night. Besides doing her homework after school she feeds the calves and collects eggs from the chickens. Her sisters Alejandra, Marina, Daisy, and her brother Armando Jr. work to help their parents who came from Mexico.

SOMOS LATINOS: Mis Abuelos / My Grandparents

Helena and Sebastian live in a house together with their parents and grandparents. Their mother came from Colombia and their father came from Holland and Argentina. When their mother’s parents retired in Colombia they decided to move in with their children and grandchildren. The house is full of cariño and love.

Murals: Walls That Sing

A book of murals from the cave paintings; to colonial church murals; to the masterpieces of Diego Rivera, Orozco and other Mexican masters; to the singing walls in American cities; and graffiti. Communities express their cultures, issues, and histories on their neighborhood walls. 


Meet the Mexicans with all their diversity of races, beliefs, humor, warmth, and talents. The Pre-Columbian cultures that left behind depictions of their everyday lives in murals, temples, writings and carvings. The conquest opened up the new lands to European settlers and established a new race of native and whites. Paintings, drawings and murals tell the story of the Mexican people. 


The history of Mexico as told through the carvings, pyramids, murals, paintings, and photographs of the past. From pre-Columbian times to the beginning of the twenty first century. The Spanish Colonial world that led to the nineteenth century revolution for Independence. The twentieth century turmoil both internal and external brings us to today’s questions to be solved.


The bustling markets offer their colorful variety of fruits and vegetables. Foods that were native to the region like corn, turkeys and cacao blended with the cargoes of sailing ships from India, Europe Africa and Asia to become the Mexican cuisine. Festive special foods celebrate a variety of holidays with feasts. 

VIVA MEXICO: The Folk Arts

Craftsman use a variety of materials to create images and forms that express the artistry of a people. Stone carvings have decorated the ancient pyramids and the baroque cathedrals. Wood has been carved into utilitarian utensils, carvings, masks and furniture. Metal has been shaped into statues and filigree jewelry. Weaving has produced fabric, hammocks, and rugs. Embroidery decorates clothing. Clay become tiles, pottery and figurines. Straw is woven into utilitarian baskets and toys. And paper becomes skeletons, puppets, and piñatas. 

VIVA MEXICO: The Fiestas

Regional celebrations take various forms. Music, dance, fireworks, bullfights, parades, rodeos, contests, the bird-men, folk plays, historic battles are recreated with costumes and masks. Each town and region proclaims their own Saint’s Days which are celebrated with reenactments of events. Some are somber, others comical and wild, but all are very Mexican. 


Harvest By: George Ancona Publisher: Marshall Cavendish, 2001 Age Level: 9-12 Language: English ISBN: 0-7614-5086-6 BUY THE BOOK Campesinos are migrant farm laborers who come to the Unites States in search of a better life. They come to pick lettuce in California or pears in […]

Cuban Kids

George Ancona first went to Cuba in 1957 when the revolution by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara was already under way. Forty years later he returns to capture on film the ways in which Cuba has changed since his last visit. What results is a timely and remarkable photo-study of the children of Cuba.