Practice your numbers in English and Spanish when you count the beautiful dancers, playful musicians, and happy children of Oaxaca as the Guelaguetza parade goes by Pronounced Gal-a-get-zah, the lively celebration--full of traditional dancing and music--takes place every July deep in the heart of southern Mexico. ONE band leader with a big white balloon DOS hombres with firecrackers THREE musicians FOUR giants All exquisitely handcrafted by the Mexican folk art masters Guillermina, Josefina, Irene, and Concepci n Aguilar, in collaboration with author and scholar Cynthia Weill. Bienvenidos Welcome to the parade
Cynthia Weill is a professor and mentor to teachers at Columbia University's Teachers College. She also owns a non-profit--Aid to Women Artisans--that promotes the craftwork of artisans from developing countries. Count Me In is her fourth book in the First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art Series.
The Aguilar Sisters are Mexico's most beloved artisans. They learned how to make clay figurines from their mother Do a Isaura. These lively independent women are considered great masters of Mexican folk art and have been visited by Queen Elizabeth, Queen Sofia of Spain, various Mexican presidents, and Nelson Rockefeller. Their humorous ceramics of the people of their town and state are in museum collections the world over.
Playful ceramics enact a traditional Mexican festival parade, from uno to diez. íAquí viene el desfile! / íCuenta conmigo!” With this buoyant invitation, readers are ushered into the traditional Oaxacan festival of Guelaguetza there’s no denying the effervescence of the event. The Aguilar sisters’ work appears in museums all over the world, and this book marks their first collaboration. [T]his peek into Mexico’s art and traditions is certainly one of the most joyous [children will] encounter. — Kirkus Reviews