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Little Skeletons / Esqueletitos: Countdown to Midnight

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Fun, rhythmic, bilingual Day of the Dead romp.

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age 3+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 3+

Fun and beautiful!

The skeletons or skeletitos in this book come to life with beautiful illustrations and great rhymes both in engilsh and in spanish. As the clock strikes each hour, a skeleton joins in the different activities they do together, from eating to dancing and rocketing to heaven.It's clearly inspired by mexican day of the dead culture, but it could also work as a halloween story. The skeletitos are seizing each hour of the day to the max, teaching kids to enjoy life every day every hour. It also comes with a page that has a clock with movable hands, to teach kids to tell time. You can also learn numbers for younger ones by counting characters on each page. The song is very famous in spanish but if you have never heard it or just would like to see these skeletons literally come to life in a digital form, you can download the free app that it comes with.

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Educational value
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age 2+

Mexican tradition

I love the artwork on this book! This gives small kids a chance to look into a great Mexican tradition without getting scared, as the pictures are very sweet and baby/toddler friendly.

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Educational value

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (4 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This lively board book is a celebration of a religious/cultural holiday that pictures cheerful skeletons having fun together. It's clearly a Day of the Dead story, but the holiday isn't mentioned. It also works as a counting book, starting at 1 (in the morning) and ending at 12 (midnight). Kids will enjoy the rhythmic verse and cute illustrations, and they may learn to tell time by manipulating the movable hands of the clock. Not to mention words and phrases in Spanish and English!

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