Celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day

The Beautiful Lady Our Lady of Guadalupe

A note from Pat on the importance of this religious and cultural tradition for Mexicans and Mexican-Americans:

Feast days are like birthdays or anniversaries. They are occasions to remember an event in the past and sometimes to honor someone. Recently, I saw a program that showed images of processions and celebrations on Dec. 12 as the beginning of the holiday season in the Southwest that for Catholics ends on Jan. 6th, the Feast of the Three Kings or Epiphany. Along with the Mexican flag, Our Lady is a symbol of Mexican independence and pride, and a symbol for social justice groups throughout the Americas. People from diverse backgrounds are drawn to this image and story that are so central to the history and culture of Mexico and Mexican-Americans.

La hermosa Señora: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Our Lady’s image is in car repair shops, bakeries and restaurants. She has been the subject of fine art, popular art, and in pop-culture: on mouse pads, tattoos, T-shirts. She’s with the people. Our Lady of Guadalupe is a comforting protectoress who doesn’t discriminate.

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

beautiful lady picFriday, December 12th is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Celebrate in the classroom by sharing Pat’s book with your students: The Beautiful Lady: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Spanish edition: La hermosa Señora: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe).

Book activities:
After sharing the book, join students in making paper flowers. Sample instructions are here.

Share two to three books of other cultural stories/legends. Invite students to share a story from their culture.

Invite students to create art (drawings, collages) depicting a story from their culture.

Plan a Readers’ Theater of the book.

Visit with Pat at the NCTE conference

Here is Pat’s schedule for next weekend’s NCTE conference just outside Washington, D.C.
NCTE conference logo 2014
Friday, Nov. 21st
El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros: Planning, Funding, and Implementing Your Winning Celebration of Kids, Culture, and Books. http://center.uoregon.edu/NCTE/2014AnnualConvention/program/session_details.php?sessionid=2019885
Gaylord National Resort, Chesapeake D/E/F

Pat will be signing:
1:00-2:00 p.m., Random House, booth #612
2:00-3:00 p.m., Groundwood Books, booth #212
3:00-4:00 p.m., Lee & Low Books at Anderson’s Bookshop, booth #153

Also, on Saturday, Nov. 22nd Pat will be signing I Pledge Allegiance
at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
1:00-3:00 p.m., 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW