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Children’s Book Honors Santa Fe Tradition

There is an incredible amount of satisfaction and pride when you actually make your dreams come true. Fifteen years ago, a light bulb went on in my head as I returned from one of my favorite family traditions, the annual Baile de los Cascarones. As the confetti shook free from my hair, I thought I should write a bilingual children’s book about this fun tradition to pass on to future generations.

On March 1, 2010, “Dance of the Eggshells/Baile de los Cascarones” by Carla Aragón was finally released. It is an absolute thrill to see it in a bookstore and to know I reached a lofty goal.

The story is about a young brother and sister who visit their grandparents in Santa Fe for Spring break. Skeptical at first, they join the preparations for the post Easter celebration of the Baile de los Cascarones (Dance of the Eggshells) – a family oriented dance with cascarones or confetti filled eggshells and traditional folk dances. People ask one another to dance by breaking a cascarón over their partner’s head. The conflict and sibling rivalry between the main characters is resolved through the activities of the dance itself. The brother gets carried away with cracking cascarones on people’s heads, but is embarrassed during the Baile de la Escoba or The Broom Dance, in which the only person caught without a partner has to dance with a broom. He is saved from embarrassment by his sister. The grandparents introduce the kids to a cultural tradition that engages them in unexpected and powerful ways.

The story in the book is fiction, but the actual Baile de los Cascarones is very real and will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2010. It is sponsored by La Sociedad Folklórica, a group of women who promote and preserve the language, culture and traditions of Spanish Colonial New Mexico.

Dance of the Eggshells/Baile de los Cascarones” is dedicated to my mother, Socorro Aragón, who is the family gate keeper of our Spanish traditions. She also happens to be the longest tenured member of La Sociedad Folklórica. I recruited her and George Gonzales (my uncle) to provide the Spanish translation for the story. Mil Gracias!

The colorful illustrations were done by Kathy Dee Saville, a former Albuquerque art teacher who just recently moved to Iowa. The characters are based on most of my immediate family. The book is published by UNM Press.

If you’d like to purchase a copy of “Dance of the Eggshells/Baile de los Cascarones” ($18.95 plus tax), I will be doing a Hometown Book Signing on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Cosmetic Artistry, 900 W San Mateo Road, # 200, Santa Fe, NM.

I’m living proof that you can do anything you want in life. Dream Big!


March 12, 2010 - Posted by | Baile de los Cascarones, Santa Fe Hometown News |

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