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Children's Nonfiction Other, Non-religious

Barrilete Span ed /tp

by (author) Elisa Amado

photographs by Joya Hairs

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Nov 1999
Other, Non-Religious
Recommended Age
0 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
Recommended Reading age
4 to 8
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 1999
    List Price

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In Guatemala there is a village called Santiago Sacatepequez. It is a very small but famous place because once a year, on the Day of the Dead, the people of Santiago fly some of the biggest kites in the world. As large as seven meters (twenty-three feet) wide, they fill the sky over the cemetery with brilliant colors.

Juan and his brothers always helped their grandfather build the kite for the day of the dead. But their grandfather has recently died, and the boys must carry on the tradition on their own.

Elisa Amado's text and Joya Hairs' beautiful photographs combine to bring Juan's story to life, as he and his friends build and fly the kite.

About the authors

Elisa Amado's profile page

Joya Hairs, who lived in Guatemala for thirty years, is a renowned photographer. She visited Santiago Sacatepéquez many times to visit the kite makers. This book was photographed in the 1970s, before the civil war that resulted in the deaths of many Maya. She lives in Jamaica.

Joya Hairs' profile page

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