Vejigante Masquerader

by Lulu Delacre

Since 1858, boys and men in Ponce, Puerto Rico, have celebrated Carnival for the... read more

Since 1858, boys and men in Ponce, Puerto Rico, have celebrated Carnival for the entire month of February. These masqueraders or vejigantes wear clown-like costumes and papier mâché masks resembling animals. Delacre's English = Spanish story based upon this local custom features young Ramón, who has found ways to create his first vejigante costume and work in exchange for a mask so that he can participate in the merriment with the older boys. During the opening festivities, Ramón's foolhardy actions gain the boys' respect but also ruin his costume. Bilingual information about three masqueraders from Mexico, Spain and Venezuela; directions for making a vejigante mask; several vejigante chants; a glossary; and a bibliography support the story. All portions of this unique 9 1/2" by 10 1/4" picture book are illustrated in full color with art created in watercolor with colored pencils and pastels. (Ages 5-9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1993

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