Synopses & Reviews
In his fourth cooking poem for young children, Jorge Argueta encourages more creativity and fun in the kitchen as he describes how to make tamalitos from corn masa and cheese, wrapped in cornhusks. In simple, poetic language, Argueta shows young cooks how to mix and knead the dough before dropping a spoonful into a cornhusk, wrapping it up and then steaming the little package. He once again makes cooking a full sensory experience, beating on a pot like a drum, dancing the corn dance, delighting in the smell of corn . . . And at the end, he suggests inviting the whole family to come and enjoy the delicious tamalitos and#147;made of corn with love.and#8221; Domiand#8217;s vivid paintings, featuring a sister and her little brother making tamalitos together, are a perfect accompaniment to the colorful text.
"Argueta's fourth bilingual 'cooking poem' is built around another elementally simple dish: tamalitos, 'little tamales' of corn and cheese. The poem unfolds as a recipe, narrated by a boy who is well aware of the importance of corn in his family history: 'Our indigenous ancestors ate/ tamalitos made from corn./ It also says in the Popol Vuh,/ the sacred book of the Maya,/ that the first men and women were made of corn.' Bright colors blend like tie-dye in Domi's naÃ¯f watercolors, which alternate between scenes of the boy assembling tamalitos and more esoteric images of celebration. While the soaking, kneading, and steaming of these basic ingredients lacks some of the drama of Argueta's earlier books, Domi's paintings communicate plenty of enthusiasm, and readers may feel the pull to 'Baila la danza del maÃz.' Ages 4 7." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
is a native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian. He is an award-winning author of picture books and poetry for young children.and#160;He lives in San Francisco. Domiand#8217;s
wonderful illustrations appear in many childrenand#8217;s books, including the Napi titles by Antonio Ramand#237;rez as well as The Night the Moon Fell
and The Race of Toad and Deer
by Pat Mora. She is Mazateca and lives in Oaxaca, Mexico.