Spirit of Tio Fernando/ The Spirit of Tio Fernando: A Day of the Dead Story
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Book ISBN: 9780807575857
Author(s): Janice Levy
Document type: Trade Cloth
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Not a Catholic Book...
We heard about this book from a Catholic Children's Book list on Amazon, but were sad to find out that it is not in line with Catholic Theology.
While the story somewhat accurately portrays what goes on during Dia de los Muertos, it takes some liberties. It states that the purpose of it all is to "meet with [Tio Fernando's] spirit and show him he has not been forgotten." This goes beyond simply honoring and remembering the dead, which would be in line with Catholic teachings.
In short, if you are thinking of getting this book to add to your collection of good Catholic books for your kids--don't.
Maria S. Geerling (Amazon.com)
The Spirit of Tio Fernando
The spirit of Tio Fernando by Janice Levy is a book about the Day of the Dead.
Fernando wakes up and today is the Day of the Dead and they are going to see the spirit of Tio Fernando. Fernando`s mother set all Tio Fernando `s favorite foods on the table. She also put out some pictures of Tio Fernando. After Fernando`s mother gave him some pesos to go buy things that Tio Fernando liked also to remember him. Fernando went to the market and saw Senor Romero and then Senor Romero gave Fernando a skull with his name on it. Fernando saw Senora Magdalia and Senora Magdlia gave him a little ghost and Senor Magdalia tells Fernando how he will meet Tio Fernando's spirit and how he will feel good inside. After Fernando went home they went to the cemetery to Tio Fernando's cross and put marigolds there. Fernando's mother sang Tio Fernando's favorite songs. Fernando heard a heart beating but maybe it was only Fernando. Fernando feels something in his body. Then they stayed at the cemetery for the Day of the Dead.
The lesson I learned from the book was that your loved ones will always be beside you. In one part of the book I found they tell Tio Fernando's spirit to join them. Even if Tio Fernando is dead he knows he isn't forgotten. Fernando feels his uncle in his body and by the sounds too. Fernando remembers Tio Fernando by the pictures and by the second toe of his right foot. I like the way this book tells you about the Day of the Dead and that your loved ones will always be beside you.
Miss M's Fourth Graders (Amazon.com)
A "must have"
This book features beautiful colorful illustrations and a very cute story, full of accurate cultural details. To be enjoyed by children and adults alike, it also is a great way to "teach" your kids about death, or to help them deal with mourning, whether or not you are hispanic.
F. Evans (Amazon.com)
El Espiritu de Tio Fernando is an excellent book describing the mexican celebration of Days of the Dead. The book follows a young boy and his mother as they remember his uncle who has died within the last year. The book is simple yet includes many aspects of the celebration. The illustrations are wonderfully detailed so as to show the emotions of each part of the celebration. The text is in both English and Spanish allowing all children to enjoy it equally.
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