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Tonight is Carnaval, Arthur Dorros. NY: Dutton, 1991.

Star Review Carnaval is similar to the celebration known as Mardi Gras. Find out what is similar and what is different.

Star Review Learn about how the people of the Andes mountains live. Look through several books about different aspects of their culture and the area.

Star Review Create a version of the artwork that appears in the book. Use different kinds of fabric and other materials scraps to create a 3-D affect. Glue the fabric onto heavy cardboard.

Star Review Bring in various kinds of stitchery crafts such as needlepoint and cross-stitch. Have other books available that have used stitchery crafts for artwork, including Mother Goose's Words of Wit and Wisdom by Tedd Arnold.

Star Review Create "arpilleras" using local Northwest themes. Cut samples from paper before working on fabric. (Note: Arpilleras are traditional Peruvian applique pictures.)

Star Review Research animals native to the Andes. Make lists of those found only there, and those found other places. This Place is High by Vicki Cobb should be a good resource.

Star Review Make some musical instruments similar to the ones found in the story.

Star Review Gather information about sheep raising and how wool is prepared. Charlie Needs a Cloak by Tomie DePaola and Spring Fleece by Catherine Paladino will be helpful.

Star Review Share some folktales from South America, particularly Peru. Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger is a Newbery Medal winner.


This Place is High, Vicki Cobb. NY: Walker, 1989.

Isabella's Bed, Alison Lester. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993.

Jungle Days, Jungle Nights, Martin Jordan. NY: Kingfisher Books, 1993.

The Girl from the Sky, Anamarie Garcia. Chicago: Childrens Press, 1992.

Swallows, Christine Butterworth. Morristown, NJ. Silver Burdett Press, 1988.

Indians of the Andes, Marion Morrison. Vero Beach, FL: Rourke Pub., 1987.

Pinatas and Paper Flowers, Lila Perl. NY: Clarion Books, 1983.

Cooking the South American Way, Helga Parnell. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1991.

Mardi Gras!, Suzanne Coil. NY: Macmillan Pub. Co. 1994.

Mother Goose's Book of Wit and Wisdom, Tedd Arnold. NY: Dial Books, 1990. Special thanks to Ric Blank, MILS, Sandy Hill Elementary, Jenison, Michigan, and Marja Eloheimo for activities and lesson plans.

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Ant Cities

Feel the Wind

Radio Man/Don Radio

Rainforest Secrets

This Is My House

Tonight is Carnaval

Introducing Arthur Dorros

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