Cindy Weill has worked as an educator and in the field of international development. She has been fascinated with Oaxacan crafts since 1996 when she taught in Mexico through the Fulbright exchange. She is the co-author of the very successful ABeCedarios: Mexican Folk Art ABCs in Spanish and English—the book that began her series: First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art. Next came Opuestos: Mexican Folk Art Opposites in English and Spanish. Soon to follow were Colores de la vida, a bilingual book about colors, and Count Me In, a bilingual number book inspired by the Oaxacan Guelaguetza parade. Cynthia’s next book and collaboration, Mi familia calaca/My Skeleton Family demonstrates family ties in English and Spanish with traditional Day of the Dead colorful skeleton figures. Animal Talk: Mexican Folk Art Animal Sounds in English and Spanish was a collaboration with Rubí Fuentes and Efraín Broa from the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Her upcoming book, Let’s Work:Mexican Folk Art Trabajos in English and Spanish, covering vocabulary for a wide variety of jobs, will be out on August 20, 2019.
De Colores: The Raza Experience in Books for Children, reviews several of the books and gives some insight into the process in this delightful essay.
Ten Mice for Tet (Chronicle, 2003) was Cindy’s first book which she co-authored with Pegi Deitz Shea, and was inspired by the Vietnamese embroidery she saw while working in international relief in Ha Noi, Vietnam. She is trained as an art historian and holds master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Teachers College Columbia University. She lives in New York City.
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Cindy has been on the go! Read about her travels in Oaxaca on our blog.
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