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Just a Minute!

Just a Minute!

A Trickster Tale and Counting Book

By Yuyi Morales


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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.

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Size: 8-1/2 x 10-1/2 in;
Pages: 36 pp;
full color throughout, ages 4-8
Guided Reading Level: L

Format: Hardcover
Publication: September 2003
ISBN: 9780811837583
ISBN10: 811837580
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.

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Awards and honors for Just a Minute!:
Capitol Choices, Noteworthy Books for Children
2004 California Book Award Silver Medal for Juvenile Fiction
2004 Pura Belpre Medal for Best Illustration
2004 Notable Books for Children, Younger Readers
2003 Parent's Choice Award Winner, Approved
2004 Golden Kite Honor Book, Picture Book Illustration
2003 Northern California Book Award nomination, Children's Literature
2003 Best of the Best List, Chicago Public Library
2003 Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education
Booklist starred review
Kirkus Reviews starred review
2004 CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center) Choices selection
2003 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 Society
2004 Latino Book Award
2004 Toms Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award
2004 Latino Literary Award for Best Children's Book