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Paco and the Giant Chile Plant / Paco y la planta de chile gigante
     

Paco and the Giant Chile Plant / Paco y la planta de chile gigante

by Keith Polette
 

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This is the bilingual (English/Spanish) version of Paco and the Giant Chili Plant. The Spanish is sprinkled in and as each word is introduced, it is used from there thru to the end of the book. There is also a vocabulary page at the end of the book.

Paco and the Giant Chile Plant is a picture book with all the fun of a fairy tale twisted into a

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This is the bilingual (English/Spanish) version of Paco and the Giant Chili Plant. The Spanish is sprinkled in and as each word is introduced, it is used from there thru to the end of the book. There is also a vocabulary page at the end of the book.

Paco and the Giant Chile Plant is a picture book with all the fun of a fairy tale twisted into a humorous variation. Based on the classic "Jack and the Bean Stalk" fairy tale, Polette uses the desert Southwest as an unexpected setting. Filled with prickly pears and such, our story moves from the sandy earth into a cloudy domain where anything is possible. A place where giants may bellow: "FEE, FI, FO, FUM, I SMELL THE BLOOD OF A HUMAN ONE. BE HE THIN OR BE HE FAT, FOR MY TORTILLA, I'LL GRIND HIM FLAT!" We might even solve the age old question of what happened to Jack's (Opps! Paco's) long lost Pappa.

Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
Paco and the Giant Chile Plant is excellent for introducing young people to the fun of learning a new language. The exuberant color artwork by award-winning illustrator Elizabeth O. Dulemba adds the perfect touch to this lively adventure. A heartwarming, positive twist on the ending of the original fairy tale.
ForeWord Magazine
Paco and the Giant Chile Plant incorporates Spanish words into a surprising revision of "Jack and the Beanstalk": "Paco harnessed la vaca and led it down the dusty road. At a dip in the dusty camino, Paco met an old man." A glossary at the back will help unsure readers, but it is hardly necessary for understand the story. Keith Polette is an educator and literacy specialist who is known for his multicultural approach to teaching. In addition to his many books on education, he also wrote Isabel and the Hungry Coyote. Elizabeth Dulemba captures the feel and palette of the desert with her folksy digital artwork.
The Reading Tub
The author did a fabulous job taking what most of us assume is just a Spanish-added version of a classic story and truly making it his own. He did a masterful job blending Spanish into the story, offering repetition in English and Spanish together. As good as the story is, I could turn the pages just to look at the illustrations, too.
Authors Choice Reviews
The whimsical illustrations only add to this family-friendly tale. Recommended for homes, schools and more.
—Carolyn R Scheidies
A Patchwork of Books
I really liked how the Spanish words were sprinkled into the story, rather than it being told first in English, then in Spanish as many bilingual books work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936402410
Publisher:
Raven Tree Press, LLC
Publication date:
01/18/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
11 MB
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Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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