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August 29, 2023
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Three starred reviews!
A Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book
A Chicago Public Library Best Book

A family remembers their beloved pet dog through the traditions of Día de Muertos in this “gorgeous, deeply touching exploration of grief and remembrance” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) from Pura Belpré Honor–winning team Xelena González and Adriana M. Garcia.

A child and their family observe the customs of Día de los Angelitos, one of the ritual celebrations of Día de Muertos, to celebrate the life of their beloved dog who passed away. They build a thoughtful ofrenda to help lead the pet’s soul home and help the little one process their grief in this moving reminder that loved ones are never really gone if we take the time to remember them.

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Ofrenda to Honor Death of a Pet
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Remembering is a heartfelt tribute to losing a special pet in a child’s life. To honor the beloved dog, one family creates an Ofrenda during Dias De Muertos to help celebrate the special memories they have of their pet. The back matter contains directions on how to create your own Ofrenda as well as the cultural significance of this tradition. The illustrator does a great job of using warm tones and conveying a sense of being surrounded by memories of the pet. Overall, this is a great book for any child dealing with the loss of a beloved pet and a means to honor them which can bring comfort.
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