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Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Bookby Yuyi Morales
Winner of the 2004 Pura Belpre Award for Best Latino Illustrator
Synopses & Reviews
This clever tale will have preschoolers counting in English and Spanish In this original trickster tale, Senor Calavera arrives unexpectedly at Grandma Beetle's door. He requests that she leave with him right away. "Just a minute," Grandma Beetle tells him. She still has one house to sweep, two pots of tea to boil, three pounds of corn to make into tortillas — and that's just the start!
Using both Spanish and English words to tally the party preparations, Grandma Beetle cleverly delays her trip and spends her birthday with a table full of grandchildren and her surprise guest. This spirited tribute to the rich traditions of Mexican culture is the perfect introduction to counting in both English and Spanish. The vivacious illustrations and universal depiction of a family celebration are sure to be adored by young readers everywhere.
"This story is a delight....This deceptively simple read-aloud treat has as many layers as an onion, and is every bit as savory." School Library Journal
"The splendid paintings and spirited storytelling — along with useful math and multicultural elements — augur a long, full life for this original folktale." Booklist, Starred Review
"Morales...whips up a visually striking book, and funny to boot. Her deep, glowing pastels and stylized human characterizations beautifully conjure the traditions of Latin American muralists." Publishers Weekly
"Lit with dancing lines and warm colors, Morales's illustrations enhance the appeal of this winning story even further." Kirkus Reviews
This bilingual English-Spanish counting book reveals Mexican traditions.
In this version of a traditional tale, Senor Calavera arrives at Grandma Beetle's door, ready to take her to the next life, but after helping her count, in English and Spanish, as she makes her birthday preparations, he changes his mind.
Another energetic trickster tale from Caldecott Medalist Gerald McDermott
A fresh, funny take on the Day of the Dead that's packed with kid appeal!
Every skeleton in the Land of the Dead is excited to celebrate el Día de los Muertos with the Living. But not Angelito. His big sister has told him all about their horrifying bulgy eyes and squishy skin. So when Angelito is separated from his family in the Land of the Living, he's petrified—until he makes a new friend who is just as terrified of THEM as Angelito is. Then his new buddy turns out to be (gulp!) a living boy! Angelito runs as fast as his bony feet can carry him. Fortunately the traditions of the Day of the Dead reunite the two boys, just in time for some holiday fun.
Full of wild, Tim Burton-esque art, this clever tale is sure to become un libro favorito for the Day of the Dead, Halloween season, and beyond.
A colorful story about facing fears and accepting differences . . . lush and vibrantly hued . . . The ending satisfies, and the story as a whole addresses many issues pertinent to primary- grade children.”—School Library Journal
Monkey is hungry for the delicious mangoes on the island in the river, but he can't swim! How will he get there? Crocodile offers to carry Monkey across the water on his back, so Monkey hops aboard. Trouble is, Crocodile is hungry, tooand#8212;for Monkey! Will clever Monkey come up with a way to get the mangoes and escape Crocodile's sharp teeth? Master storyteller and artist Gerald McDermott brings the vibrant colors of India to his telling of this classic trickster tale, which has plenty of cleverness and a sprinkling of mischief.
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Praise for PIG-BOY:
"The boldly colored art is dynamic and reflects both the humor of the sprightly text and the author/illustrator's background as an animator in its visual pacing. The tale itself has just enough folkloric elements to convey action, character and setting without bogging down in detail." --Kirkus Reviews
"The lovely gouache-and-colored pencil artwork creates such nuanced texture that you nearly expect Pig-Boy's hide to feel fuzzy." --Booklist
Awards for Gerald McDermott:
Caldecott Medal, Arrow to the Sun
Caldecott Honor, Anansi the Spider
Caldecott Honor, Raven
Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award, Raven
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