The Spirit of Tío Fernando

A Day of the Dead Story

It’s the Day of the Dead and Nando and his mother are going to honor Tío Fernando. Nando, named for Uncle Fernando, listens as his mother tells him that later, at the cemetery, they will meet with Tío Fernando’s spirit. Written in both Spanish and English.


Es el Día de los Muertos y Nando y su Madre van a honrar a Tío Fernando. Nando, nombrado en honor de Tío Fernando, escucha a su Madre decirle que mas adelante en el cementerio se van a encontrarse con el espirito de Tío Fernando.

  • 32 Pages
  • 8" x 10"
  • 9780807575864
  • January 1995

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  • Nando’s heart is full, and he is sure that Tío Fernando knows that he is loved and not forgotten. Soft watercolor illustrations tenderly portray Nando’s joyful experience. Including the traditional activities and imbued with an authentic sense of the Mexican holiday, the warm, well-told story, provided in a bilingual format, will be welcomed as a picture book featuring a child’s celebration of the Day of the Dead.

    - Booklist

  • Six months ago, Fernando’s uncle passed away. Now it is time to honor Tío Fernando during the Day of the Dead celebration. Because the child is named after his favorite uncle, he wishes to make this day an especially memorable one. Youngsters who are unfamiliar with this custom will get a feel for what “Day of the Dead” means to many Hispanics of Mexican or Central American heritage as Nando tells of his and his mother’s preparations. Illustrations are done in soft watercolors that complement the text nicely.

    - School Library Journal



Common Core

RL.2.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10 RL.3.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10 RL.4.1,2,3,4,6,9


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
  • ATOS Level: 3.20