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Before I saw the commercial for the movie Book of Life a couple of weeks ago, I had never even heard of it. The movie celebrates Día de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead”–a holiday that celebrates what happens to people after they have died.
A Hero’s Journey (The Book of Life) by Daphne Pendergrass is a book marketed as a “storybook retelling of the movie The Book of Life!”
In the book, Manolo Sanchez is a bullfighter–one from a long line of champion fighters, as a matter of fact. However, Manolo doesn’t want to be a bullfighter. Instead, he wants to play music and win the love of the beautiful Maria, who is the general’s daughter. That seems like enough to deal with, but Manalo tries to save his town when dealing with magical forces who invade. The book boils down to the importance of family, friendship and following your dreams.
Our recipe pairing for this one is actually based more on the movie than the book. In the commercials, one of the characters says, “It’s all you can eat Churros!” and my kid cackles every single time. So, that seemed like the natural pairing with the book.
Churros are sometimes called a Spanish doughnut. It’s a fried dough pastry that is long (like a stick) instead of round (like a doughnut). I think they’re much lighter than doughnuts and they are kind of a cross between a doughnut and funnel cake for me. And? They’re much easier to make than I thought!
Also, we don’t have this book yet, but it looks super cool so I think I’m going to order it–especially after I read this NPR piece about the movie director and animator, Jorge Gutiérrez.
The Art of the Book of Life is the behind the scenes peek of the making of the film and the animation. My daughter is always interested in artists, so I think this would be a good addition to our homeschool artist studies.
Churros Recipe with “Book of Life”
‘Book of Life’ Books
‘Book of Life’ Toys
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