Salsa Stories (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Salsa music blares from the stereo. One by one, friends and family, who come from all around Latin America, arrive at Carmen Teresa's house to cook, dance, gossip, and play dominoes. And the New Year's Day celebration begins...

When a neighbor gives Carmen Teresa a blank notebook as a holiday present, she doesn't know how she will fill it. The guests all have ideas of what she should do with her book. They decide she should fill it with stories about their childhoods. And ...

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Salsa music blares from the stereo. One by one, friends and family, who come from all around Latin America, arrive at Carmen Teresa's house to cook, dance, gossip, and play dominoes. And the New Year's Day celebration begins...

When a neighbor gives Carmen Teresa a blank notebook as a holiday present, she doesn't know how she will fill it. The guests all have ideas of what she should do with her book. They decide she should fill it with stories about their childhoods. And everyone has a story to tell. But Carmen Teresa, who loves to cook, surprises everyone with how she will use her beautiful new present.

With energy, sensitivity, and warmth, Lulu Delacre introduces readers to a symphony of colorful characters whose stories dance through a year of Latin American holidays and customs. And readers will also be treated to recipes for the irresistible foods that appear in each story.

When Lulu Delacre set out to collect family recipes for a cookbook of traditional Latin American foods, she discovered something amazing. "How often the flavors of our childhood," says Ms. Delacre, "unlock memories from our past." It was this discovery that inspired her also to collect those memories that her friends and family recalled. And she based Salsa Stories on those recollections.

A collection of stories within the story of a family celebration where the guests relate their memories of growing up in various Latin American countries. Also contains recipes.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Delacre (Arroz Con Leche) serves up a mixed menu here, combining a rather strained collection of seven tales featuring Latin American foods with recipes for the dishes mentioned. At a New Year's gathering of Carmen Teresa's extended family, a guest presents the girl with a blank book. When the child wonders what she should write in the volume, her mother suggests she "collect stories from our family and friends." Relatives take turns relaying tales of their childhood in diverse locales such as Puerto Rico, Mexico, Cuba, Argentina and Peru. Carmen Teresa's grandfather recalls fearing that he would not be allowed to partake of his mother's tortilla dish as punishment for lying to her. And in one of the most touching vignettes, her aunt describes a school field trip to a nursing home, where she met a blind woman who shared her forbidden sweets. In the end, Carmen Teresa decides to fill her new book with the recipes at the core of the storytellers' reminiscences. The recipes, most of which require significant adult participation, range from main dishes (chicken with rice, codfish stew) to desserts (nougat candy, coconut flan). Though Delacre's narrative shapes an appealing portrait of several generations from all over the globe, uniting in a close-knit family, the tales' organizing premise--food--grows repetitious and forced (e.g., "We are helping Mam prepare the sofrito sauce for her arroz con pollo. This is the rice dish for which Mam is famous among all our friends and family"). Despite a text spiced with exotic words and locales, youngsters may find this rather bland fare. Ages 9-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
The stories in this collection are told by natives of various Latin American countries who visit a young girl, Carmen Teresa, and her family for New Year's in the United States. Each story revolves around a different nation's celebration and its foods. Carmen Teresa finds the recipes for the foods and copies them into a notebook of "Fantastic Family Recipes." The slim novel covers many nations, cultures, and foods, all in an easytoread fictional presentation. The only connection between the stories are the first and last, jumping from Abuelito's Story, set in Cuba, to Abuelita's Story of San Juan, with no more transition than a chapter heading. Stories read as if they were meant to be told verbally, and the vocal inflections and facial gestures of an oral rendering are sorely missed here. Transitional paragraphs at the end or beginning of each chapter could have added this depth, as well as connecting the dissimilar tales. The author's linocut illustrations are intriguing, and though not extraordinary, add depth to the book. A glossary that translates Spanish terms into English was useful, but the title remains an optional purchase. The recipes are far better representations of the various cultures that the stories seek to portray. They are simple to follow and, more importantly, actually work. These assets might warrant acquisition by libraries sorely in need of Hispanic recipes and artwork accessible to middle school students. Glossary. VOYA CODES: 2Q 2P M (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2000, Scholastic, Ages 12 to 14, 112p, $15.95. Reviewer:BethKarpas
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-The New Year's celebration at Carmen Teresa's house is a time of warmth and family closeness. Aunts, uncles, and grandparents from both sides of the family come, as does Do-a Josefa, a friend, and Flor, the housekeeper. When Carmen Teresa receives a journal as a gift, the adults all share stories of their childhoods in Latin America for her to enter in it. Covering two generations and spanning Guatemala, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Mexico, and Peru, the seven stories they tell, enhanced by accomplished black-and-white linocuts, re-create time, place, and culture in readable prose. The only slightly weak link in an otherwise well-integrated chain of stories is the bridge to the recipe section, which follows Carmen Teresa's declaration that, since all the stories involved wonderful food, she intends to write down the recipes, rather than the tales themselves. The 20-page recipe section, with detailed ingredients lists and exemplary directions for creating dishes ranging from "Mam 's Arroz con Pollo" to desserts such as "Susana's Alfajores," includes clear instructions on getting adult help. Indeed, this is a necessity, as the dishes would be too difficult for most upper-elementary-school cooks. Whether the recipes are actually used or not may be a moot point, as the stories are worth sharing for their warmth and for what they say implicitly about cross-cultural similarities.-Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606267373
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 9/30/2012
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lulu Delacre was born to Argentinian parents and grew up in Puerto Rico. Her award-winning books for children include GOLDEN TALES: MYTHS, LEGENDS AND FOLKTALES FROM LATIN AMERICA; ARROZ CON LECHE: POPULAR SONGS AND RHYMES FROM LATIN AMERICA; and her Scholastic Pura Belpre Award Honor Book, THE BOSSY GALLITO (text by Lucia M. Gonzalez). You can visit her online at!

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Table of Contents

New Year's Day 1
A Carpet for Holy Week: Flor's Story 8
At the Beach: Abuelito's Story 18
The Night of San Juan: Abuelita's Story 28
Teatime: Abita's Story 37
Birthday Pinala: Uncle Robert's Story 44
The Lord of Miracles: Dona Josefa's Story 55
Aguinaldo: Tia Marilia's Story 62
Carmen Teresa's Gift 71
Recipes 77
Glossary 101
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013


    Ello? o.O

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2006

    Salsa Stories

    Carmen teresa and her family spend new year telling stories about when they where young or children.This book is mostly about each persons story.With every storie carmen teresa finds that they each have a recipe.So she decides to make a journal or a cook book to remind her of ever storie.

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