Adelita and the Veggie Cousins / Adelita y las primas Verduritas

Adelita and the Veggie Cousins / Adelita y las primas Verduritas

by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
     
 
It was Adelita's first day at a new school, and she didn't know anyone! As Miss Cant� started a lesson on vegetables, cries of"I hate vegetables" filled the classroom. She watched the kids as they gathered around the teacher's desk to select a vegetable of their own from the basket.

But it's the friendly girl in the red T-shirt who introduces herself as

Overview

It was Adelita's first day at a new school, and she didn't know anyone! As Miss Cant� started a lesson on vegetables, cries of"I hate vegetables" filled the classroom. She watched the kids as they gathered around the teacher's desk to select a vegetable of their own from the basket.

But it's the friendly girl in the red T-shirt who introduces herself as Jasmine that interests Adelita most. She offers Adelita her choice of the green or yellow vegetable, observing"these two veggies must be cousins" because they look alike. When Jasmine wonders what they're called, Adelita says her grandmother calls them calabacitas. Ms. Cant� overhears the girls and confirms that the squash are related. And to Adelita's surprise, her teacher also calls squash calabacitas!

Children�and some parents too�will look at vegetables in a whole new way after reading this charming story about making new friends. Award-winning author Diane Gonzales Bertrand once again pairs with illustrator Christina Rodriguez to create a book that will resonate with children ages 4 � 8 as they build skills and confidence in school and social situations.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1�4—Adelita begins her first day at a new school and is worried about making friends. The teacher, Miss Cantú, introduces the students to vegetables and allows each child to choose one. Adelita and Jasmine select a yellow and a green vegetable that look very similar, and Miss Cantú confirms that they are both squashes. More vegetables are introduced and Adelita notices that the brown vegetables look similar and asks if they are "veggie cousins." She makes another new friend, and she and Lisa call themselves "veggie friends." Throughout the day, the teacher tells her class about the importance of healthy eating. Spanish terms appear in the English text, such as "chayote," "malanga," and "cassava." The last two pages have a recipe in both English and Spanish for the "1-2-3 Super Calabacita Soup." The bold, colorful illustrations capture the action well.—Cindy Moreno, San Antonio Public Library, TX
Kirkus Reviews

On the first day of her new school, Adelita learns that vegetables can have similarities and differences, as can new friends.

Nervous about being new, Adelita quietly observes her welcoming teacher lead a lesson on the colors, names and health benefits of vegetables. Last to take a vegetable from the teacher's basket, Adelita is surprised by friendly Jasmine, who offers her a choice between yellow and green squash, calling them "cousins." Reminded of her grandmother's term, Adelita calls them "calabacitas," and Jasmine proclaims how they rhyme with her pretty name, Adelita. The dialogue-driven text is rendered in both English and Spanish, which are separated by pictures of cooked and uncooked vegetables. The text appears opposite deeply hued, realistic classroom scenes that bring out a learning environment populated by a multicultural group of kids, including a boy in a wheelchair. Other vegetables used in Latino cuisine—cassava, malanga, yautía and sweet potato—are also woven into the discussion. As the day's healthy-eating lesson comes to a close, friendships grow and expand into reading-circle time; Adelita and her classmates parallel a "rainbow of vegetables" as veggie friends.

The dual message of nutrition and diversity will probably find its place in today's curriculum and can certainly augment units on food, language and culture. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558856998
Publisher:
Arte Publico Press
Publication date:
10/28/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,319,099
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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