Let's Eat!

Let's Eat!

by Ana Zamorano, Julie Vivas

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Let's Eat!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A close-knit Spanish family gathers to enjoy meals prepared by Mam . PW called the story "buoyant" and the watercolors "animated." A Spanish-language paperback edition, A comer!, is due for simultaneous release (Scholastic/Mariposa, $5.99 -07191-7). Ages 4-7. (June) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2This charming debut from the daughter of illustrator Julie Vivas is just right for story time. Little Antonio introduces his extended family and explains that Mam is the biggest because "she is going to have a baby any day now." Everyday she sends the boy to gather the family for their midday meal. On Monday, Pap can't leave his busy carpentry shop. On Tuesday, his sister Alicia is learning to dance the sevillanas for the summer fiesta. Day after day, when there is an empty seat at the table that Pap built and Mam has filled with inviting food, she sighs, "Ay, qu pena! What a pity." Eventually, it is Mam herself who is missing because it's time for her to have baby Rosa. Children will delight in Antonio's grown-up responsibilities and enjoy the comfortable but unique predictability of the text. They will understand exactly how Antonio feels when he sighs, "Ay, qu pena!" because it's Mam's chair that's empty. While not specified, the setting is obviously Spain and several Spanish words, primarily related to food, are interspersed. The vibrant watercolor illustrations are accentuated by a crisp white background. As in Mem Fox's Possum Magic (Harcourt, 1990) and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge (Kane/Miller, 1985), Vivas's distinctive style is unmistakable. This is one happy, active family and the pictures exude warmth and vitality.Alicia Eames, Brooklyn Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
In a winning celebration of the many loving circles of relationships in an extended family, newcomer Zamorano and veteran Vivas have collaborated on a snapshot of two weeks in the lives of a large Spanish clan.

Antonio, the narrator, is the smallest, and "Mamá is the biggest. She is going to have a baby any day now." Every day at two o'clock, the family gathers at the big wooden table in the kitchen for a meal: "When we are all at the table Mamá is happy." On Monday, one of the seven chairs is empty because Papá must work. "Ay, qué pena," sighs their mother. "What a pity." A different person is absent each subsequent day. On Saturday, the missing person is Mamá, who has gone to the hospital to have a baby girl. It is Antonio's turn to sigh at the empty chair: "Ay, qué pena!" Two weeks later they're all together again, and Mamá sighs, "Qué maravilla! How wonderful that everyone is eating together!" Set in the author's native Spain, there is an effortless use of Spanish words and phrases (a glossary is included) throughout this enveloping and big-hearted book. Vivas's handsome, stylized watercolors make use of rounded forms—bowls, table, Mama's belly, and, finally, the small head of Rosa, the new baby—to convey the warmth of the family circle. Qué maravilla, indeed.

Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
10.07(w) x 9.68(h) x 0.34(d)
550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Dr. Short is a division director at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, D.C. She has worked as a teacher, trainer, researcher, and curriculum/materials developer. Her work at CAL has concentrated on the integration of language learning with content-area instruction. Through several national projects, she has conducted research and provided professional development and technical assistance to local and state education agencies across the United States. She directed the ESL Standards and Assessment Project for TESOL and co-developed the SIOP model for sheltered instruction.

Dr. Tinajero specializes in staff development and school-university partnership programs and has consulted with school districts in the U.S. to design ESL, bilingual, literacy, and bi-literacy programs. She has served on state and national advisory committees for standards development, including the English as a New Language Advisory Panel of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and the Texas Reading Academies. She is currently professor of Education and Interim Dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso and was President of the National Association for Bilingual Education, 1997-2000.

Dr. Schifini assists schools across the nation and around the world in developing comprehensive language and literacy programs for English learners. He has worked as an ESL teacher, reading specialist, school administrator and university professor. Through an arrangement with California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, Dr. Schifini currently serves as program consultant to two large teacher-training efforts in the area of reading for second language speakers of English. His research interests include early literacy and language development and the integration of language and content-area instruction.

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