Count on Culebra: Go from 1 to 10 in Spanish

Overview

A companion to the popular Mañana, Iguana that teaches how to count in Spanish.

When Iguana stubs her toe, Doctor Culebra comes to the rescue. But his suggestions sound a little loco to everyone else. How will tying un rolling pin and dos kettles to Iguana's tail make her better? And more importantly, will Iguana feel well enough to make her cactus butter dulces?
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Overview

A companion to the popular Mañana, Iguana that teaches how to count in Spanish.

When Iguana stubs her toe, Doctor Culebra comes to the rescue. But his suggestions sound a little loco to everyone else. How will tying un rolling pin and dos kettles to Iguana's tail make her better? And more importantly, will Iguana feel well enough to make her cactus butter dulces?
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Publishers Weekly

A reptile rushes to the rescue to ensure that candy gets made in this companion to Mañana, Iguanaand Fiesta Fiasco.Iguana stubs her toe and is in too much pain to make her dulces, or "yummy cactus butter candies," so Culebra (snake) orders Conejo (rabbit) and Tortuga (tortoise) to attach different-numbered sets of culinary objects onto unrope tied to Iguana's tail. "A 'Seispie tins AND sietecups are necessary.' 'Necessary for what?' asked Tortuga. Culebra raised himself high. 'Necessary for dulces.'A " Soon Iguana is parading around with cookware and cutlery dragging behind. The situational humor of her weighty predicament will appeal to kids, and Paul and Long play it to the hilt by devoting several spreads to the noisy spectacle of kettles, skillets, pots, pans, knives, forks and spoons trailing behind a hapless Iguana ("clink clank clang klatter klitter..."). However, an anticlimactic resolution ends the story on a flat note, and the use of the Spanish numbers never feels organic. A glossary of the Spanish words and a recipe for cactus butter dulcesare included at the end (should cactus butter be unavailable, substitute melted butter plus peanut butter). Ages 4-8. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Leslie Greaves Radloff
Another engaging bi-lingual math story from the author and illustrator team is just as much fun as their other titles. Readers are invited to count from one to ten in Spanish and with familiar objects, but also to do it with the irrepressible characters from previous stories—Iguana, Tortuga, Culebra, and Conejo. Now Iguana is just about ready to make her dulces when she stubs her toe. The pain is so great she cannot stand. What to do? Knowing that Iguana makes the most wonderful dulces, Tortuga rubs the toe and wraps it—while Dr. Culebra shakes his rattles and ties a rope to the tail, then the rolling pin, kettles, skillets, pots, cups and more, in others words all the gear that is needed to make dulces. While gathering he also counts the objects out for us in Spanish. His friends and we readers shake our heads. What can all this stuff do to heal Iguana? But he has a plan and when we see it, the onomatopoeia used literally jumps off the page. The cacophony of sound helps Iguana heal and all the friends make the dulces together. A glossary and pronunciation guide along with the recipe are included in the back of the book. Lots of fun for shared reading or just reading by one's self. Reviewer: Leslie Greaves Radloff
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3- This follow-up to Mañana Iguana (2004) and Fiesta Fiasco (2007, both Holiday House) features the same four friends. When Iguana stubs her toe on a stone, she is unable to make a pan of her famous cactus-butter dulces (candies). Everyone has suggestions, but it is Culebra (snake) who finds the cure. He tells Tortuga (turtle) and Conejo (rabbit) to tie a rope to Iguana's tale and attach "un rolling pin," "dos kettles," "tres skillets," and so on, all the way up to "diez spoons." As the lizard walks around, the resulting clatter soon causes her to forget about her injury, and the friends work together to make the sweets. This slapstick tale seamlessly incorporates Spanish counting words as well as animal names. At the end, the animals are shown enjoying the treats, for which a no-cook recipe is appended, along with a glossary and pronunciations. The bright, cheerful cartoons, done in vibrant Southwestern hues, are set against white backgrounds. The characters' faces are expressive and their actions humorously exaggerated. Which will young listeners remember more, the "uno, dos, tres " or the "PLINK, PLANK, PLANG, BLATTER, BLITTER, BLING" of the kitchen utensils? Whichever it is, they will have fun with this book, and perhaps those Spanish names will stick.-Marian Drabkin, formerly at Richmond Public Library, CA

Kirkus Reviews
Count on Paul and Long to dish up another silly, entertaining tale in Spanish and English, this one featuring the cunning snake, Doctor Culebra, who manages to trick Iguana out of feeling the pain in her stubbed toe, while at the same time teaching readers to count to 10 in Spanish, and convincing the other animals to help make candy (dulces). By the time the animals have tied numerous kitchen utensils to Iguana's tail, and readers have counted them all, and joined in the resulting raucous sound effects of "Clink, Clank, Clang," and "Blatter, Blitter, Bling," as Iguana walks, they will agree that Doctor Culebra, even if he had not gone to medical school, "is the best doctor we know." The bright cartoon illustrations are well suited to this hilarious tale that provides a practical lesson about life, as well as bilingual counting and vocabulary skills. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823423101
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 596,367
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Whitford Paul worked as a social worker for many years before becoming a children's book author and poet. The quiet times reading with her four children inspired her to make this career change. When she's not reading or writing, she can be found working on a quilt, a puzzle, or her knitting.

Ethan Long has illustrated many picture books and novels for Holiday House. He is also the creator of Farm Force, an animated comedy series which was the Viewer's Choice Award winner of the 2005 Nextoons: The Nicktoons Film Festival. He is a graduate of Ringling School of Art and Design, and his work has been exhibited in the Society of Illustrators New York and Los Angeles shows. Visit him on the web at www.ethanlong.com.

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