October Family Activity
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Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale
By Duncan Tonatiuh
Questions and Activities:
Dive deeper into this book by having a family book discussion:
- How do you think Pancho Rabbit and his brothers and sisters felt when Papá Rabbit did not come back from El Norte?
- Why did Pancho Rabbit leave in the middle of the night?
- Did the coyote help Pancho as he tried to find his father? Why or why not?
- If you were Pancho Rabbit, would you make the same decisions he did?
- What do you think will happen to the Rabbit family if it does not rain next year?
- Where is our family from? If they are from another country, how did they get here?
- Where is our family now? Does everyone live in the same city, state or country?
- Do we have any family traditions?
- What family stories do we have?
- Ask about family members you never got the chance to meet.
Papel Picado Banners
Pancho Rabbit and his family hang papel picado as decorations for Papá Rabbit’s party. Papel picado means “punched paper” in Spanish and is a typical Mexican decoration for many festivals, including Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) which takes place at the beginning of November.
- Tissue Paper
- Glue stick
First, make a string fold at the top of your paper. This is where you will attach the paper to the string to make a banner. Remember not to cut the side with the string fold!
Fold paper in half across the paper, then in half again up to the string fold. Cut designs into three edges to make your design. You can draw lines on your paper before you cut them to guide you. Remember, since your paper is folded, the shapes will look different than the lines you cut. Experiment and see which ones you like best.
Now it’s time to create a banner. Place string in the string fold and glue the paper together. Add more pieces of papel picado until you have a banner.
- Leave some space between shapes.
- Try trimming the bottom to create another pattern.
- If you’d like to keep the paper a rectangle, don’t cut any corners.
- To make a number of sheets with the same, fold them all together. Make sure you don’t have too many sheets or it will be hard to cut.
- If you’re not feeling inspired or you want to make a particular design, try using a template. Here are a few to get you started:
What do you know about your family heritage? Learn more about one of your relatives. It can be anyone—mom, dad, uncle, cousin, grandmother!
- Writing utensil
- Family photos
- Old magazines andd/or newspapers (to cut)
- Crayons and/or Markers
Pick a family member to interview. Find out more about your family member’s life, especially their childhood. You can ask questions from the Learn section above, the section below or about things you might be interested in.
- How many brothers and sisters do you have?
- What was it like to go to school as a child?
- What was the best thing your mother used to make for dinner?
- Who was your best friend growing up?
- What did you know about your family as a child?
- What advice do you have for me?
Make a collage inspired by their answers. Draw a map of where your family member is from, illustrate a story from their childhood using pictures from magazines and/or family photos, or cut out pictures of their favorite food. Don’t forget to put the name of your family member on the collage!
Bookamania is made possible by a generous grant from Target Corporation through the Chicago Public Library Foundation.