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A Trickster Tale and Counting Book
By Yuyi Morales
8-1/2 x 10-1/2 in; 36 pp; full color throughout, ages 4-8Guided Reading Level: L
September 2003 ISBN 9780811837583 ISBN10 0811837580
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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.
Yuyi Morales is an artist, a Brazilian folk dancer, a puppet maker and the former host of a Spanish-language storytelling radio show for children. She grew up in Mexico and now lives with her husband, son and cat in Northern California.
>> See video of Yuyi and more here!>> TEACHER'S GUIDEVisit www.yuyimorales.com!Awards and honors for Just a Minute!: Capitol Choices, Noteworthy Books for Children2004 California Book Award Silver Medal for Juvenile Fiction2004 Pura Belpre Medal for Best Illustration 2004 Notable Books for Children, Younger Readers2003 Parent's Choice Award Winner, Approved2004 Golden Kite Honor Book, Picture Book Illustration2003 Northern California Book Award nomination, Children's Literature2003 Best of the Best List, Chicago Public Library2003 Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College of EducationBooklist starred reviewKirkus Reviews starred review2004 CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center) Choices selection2003 Amricas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature, sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP)2004 Notable Books for a Global Society2004 Latino Book Award2004 Toms Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award2004 Latino Literary Award for Best Children's Book
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