Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
In order to try and decide what kind of food he should bring for his school's International Day, Pablo accompanies and helps his Mexican American Mother and Jewish American Father during a busy, early morning work session at their panaderia, or bakery. After making Mexican specialties like Chango Bars and Empanadas, and Jewish treats like Challah, Pablo finally decides to bring something that represents his parents' combined efforts: Jalapeno Bagels. The warm, realistic watercolors, actual recipes, and both Spanish and Yiddish glossaries add to the appeal of this multicultural picture book which was inspired by Los Bagels Bakery, in Los Angeles.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
For multicultural units or a celebration of International Day, this book will add a touch of spice. Pablo's parents own a panaderia/bakery and when he has to bring something to school for International Day, he decides that he will bring a taste treat that is a mixture of both parents: Jalapeno Bagels. Recipes are included for Chango bars and the bagels which are from an authentic Mexican-Jewish-American bakery in Arcata, California. Rich watercolor paintings extend the story and convey a feeling of family togetherness.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3A delightful, albeit contrived, story of a happy, hard-working family. When Pablo must bring something to share for his school's International Day, he considers several items from his family's bakery. But his mother's Mexican pan dulce, empanadas, and chango bars don't do the trick. His father's bagels and challah bread are appealing, but not quite right either. Then the boy helps to make the family specialty, Jalapeo Bagelsa joint creation from the cultures of both parentsand decides that it is the perfect contribution: "...a mixture of both of you. Just like me." The text, placed on a white background, is easy to read and well balanced with the charming pictures. The soft, full-page watercolor illustrations are gentle and brightly colored. A Yiddish and Spanish glossary and recipes are included at the end. This book will whet readers' appetites for multicultural fare and offers food for thought for school assignments.Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY
It's International Day at school, and Pablo wants to bring a treat from his parents' "panderia" to share with his classmates. Should he bring his mother's wonderful "pan dulce" or a "challah", which his father has shown him how to braid? What about his favorite "chango" bars or some of the "jalapeno" bagels he and his parents make together? Pablo's final choice isn't much of a surprise, but Wing's simple, affectionate portrait of a mixed family should have wide general appeal and be of great interest to grown-ups in search of good books that show ethnically diverse families. Casilla's warm, glowing paintings capture the individuality of each character with both subtlety and expression. A glossary of Spanish and Yiddish terms (which have been italicized in the text) is an added bonus.