Julia Alvarez worked with real life migrant workers and dairy farmers, which is where she got the idea for this book in the first place. There’s a great exhibit up at the Vermont Folklife Center website that has photographs and interviews of the people that Julia Alvarez worked with. It is really interesting! You can check out the exhibit here!
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Tags: customs, Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, Grandparents, Mexico, missing people, Return to Sender, traditions
Throughout the book, Tyler and his family are missing Grandpa, who has just passed away. In fact, his Grandma is really distraught. When Mari and her sisters introduce Grandma to the Mexican way of remembering the dead, she feels better. Even though it seems strange to Tyler at first, the display she sets up with items that remind her of Grandpa make her feel so much better. Here is a picture of a Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) celebration. What about you? When you miss someone, does it help you to have items around that remind you of them?