BeakSpeak 3: Day of the Dead

BeakSpeak 3: Day of the Dead

When the chickens learn about the Mexican festival Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) they take a rewarding cultural journey marked by Spanish phrases, cemeteries, spirits of their ancestors, terror and joy.

Shocked to see the ranch-hand’s face painted like a skull, the BeakSpeak chickens race to school to ask why. That’s when Ms. Goldspeak guides them through an exciting adventure learning about Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican celebration.

Their reward is a cultural journey marked by Spanish phrases, cemeteries, spirits of their ancestors, confused terror and overwhelming joy. They learn to be brave, to rejoice in each other’s growth and dreams, and to believe miracles can happen when the stars align.

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Shocked to see the ranch-hand’s face painted like a skull, the BeakSpeak chickens race to school to ask why. That’s when Ms. Goldspeak guides them through an exciting adventure learning about Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican celebration.

Their reward is a cultural journey marked by Spanish phrases, cemeteries, spirits of their ancestors, confused terror and overwhelming joy. They learn to be brave, to rejoice in each other’s growth and dreams, and to believe miracles can happen when the stars align.

 

 

 

 

Excerpt:

Peggy bumped a long ways down the road before pulling up to a small clearing on the right where Pascual had weed-eated seven gravesites. All the others were covered with high weeds. They could see seven headstones standing up in the glow of the moon, some damaged.

As Renée slipped off the seat, she looked straight up. “The sky is so clear. Look at all those stars! I guess I’m usually sleeping at this hour, but I’ve never known a night so clear, so still and so quiet.”

The others hopped out behind her, looking up as well, frozen for a moment by the stillness, the stars and the full moon.  Sean was absolutely dazzled.

The students stood together, seemingly unwilling to separate, to move, to get their projects or to get started with the celebration. There was something magical about the night and the moment that they couldn’t define. They fluffed their feathers against the cold without even thinking about it.

“I don’t know why, but I feel scared,” whispered Renée.

Jayne looked at Renée and jumped back. “Gosh. Your face spooked me in this moonlight.”

“How can we, uh, celebrate when we’re scared?” Chase whispered to Sue.

The beauty of the star-studded heavens had carried Sean away.

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Series: BeakSpeak
Genres: Action, Adventure, Children's, Educational, Tween
Tag: Tween: Ages 8 and Up
Publisher: Erin Go Bragh Publishing
Publication Year: 2021
Format: paperback and ebook
Length: 293
Illustrator: Mike Forshay
ASIN: B08XDTMQP2
ISBN: 9781941345634
List Price: 11.99
eBook Price: 2.99
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About the Author
Peggy Marceaux

Peggy Marceaux is a retired English teacher who lives in Canyon Lake, Texas. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Lamar University and her Masters of Arts from the University of Houston, where she specialized in British Literature.
Ms. Marceaux taught for 32 years; 11 in the Alvin Independent School District and 15 in the Comal Independent School District in TX, Chairing the High School English Departments in both.
Having raised chickens for twenty years, she loved the diversity among the breeds. This inspired “BeakSpeak”; a story designed to help young people accept their differences and build confidence, through speech validation. Ever the English teacher, Ms. Marceaux believes the earlier you teach children language precision, the better it will help them succeed in their future relationships and careers.

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