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Too Many Tamales

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Maria was feeling very grown-up on Christmas Eve as she helped her mother prepare the tamales for Christmas dinner. When she slipped her mother's diamond ring onto her finger, she only meant to wear it for a minute. But suddenly, the ring was gone, and there were 24 tamales that just might contain the missing ring. "A warm family story that combines glowing art with a well-written text to tell of a girl's dilemma."--School Library Journal, starred review.

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Overview

Maria was feeling very grown-up on Christmas Eve as she helped her mother prepare the tamales for Christmas dinner. When she slipped her mother's diamond ring onto her finger, she only meant to wear it for a minute. But suddenly, the ring was gone, and there were 24 tamales that just might contain the missing ring. "A warm family story that combines glowing art with a well-written text to tell of a girl's dilemma."--School Library Journal, starred review.

Maria tries on her mother's wedding ring while helping make tamales for a Christmas family get-together. Panic ensues when hours later, she realizes the ring is missing.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Snow is falling, preparations for a family feast are underway and the air is thick with excitement. Maria is making tamales, kneading the masa and feeling grown-up. All she wants is a chance to wear her mother's diamond ring, which sparkles temptingly on the kitchen counter. When her mother steps away, Maria seizes her opportunity and dons the ring, then carries on with her work. Only later, when the tamales are cooled and a circle of cousins gathered, does Maria remember the diamond. She and the cousins search every tamale--with their teeth. Of course the ring turns out to be safely on Mom's finger. Soto, noted for such fiction as Baseball in April , confers some pleasing touches--a tear on Maria's finger resembles a diamond; he allows the celebrants a Hispanic identity without making it the main focus of the text--but overall the plot is too sentimental (and owes a major debt to an I Love Lucy episode). Martinez's sensuous oil paintings in deep earth tones conjure up a sense of family unity and the warmth of holidays. The children's expressions are deftly rendered--especially when they are faced with a second batch of tamales. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
This story will have readers hungering for tamales. Maria is convinced that she has lost her mother's diamond ring while she was making tamales for the family's Christmas celebration. When her favorite cousins arrive she tells them her story and they eat all the tamales trying to find the ring. Everyone can identify with Maria's panic and the too-full tummies, but this also inspires children to share the way their own family celebrates holidays. The joyful paintings portray a loving Hispanic family. 1996 (orig.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698114128
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 71,980
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 0.13 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2007

    there is never too many tamales!

    I remember this a story as a child and just loved it! The pictures are lovely and the tone is very inviting! 12 years later, I still love this story and cherish the humor and passion that Gary Soto adds into this tale. As a teacher at a preschool, I enjoy reading this book to the children and listening to their questions of what are tamales to how many they can eat! Its a treasure to own in your library!

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

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    "Too Many Tamales" is a wonderful tale of what happens

    "Too Many Tamales" is a wonderful tale of what happens when you consume too much of a food. Also, it offers a lesson about eating "too many tamales" in an enjoyable way for youth. It is rather comical. This tale could be used for picture book and read-aloud time. The illustrations are engaging and the storyline is sure to hold young learners attention. You may want to consider it for cultural awareness and for the Christmas season. A good book for a school library.

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  • Posted January 24, 2010

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    A Family Tradition

    I bought this for my daughter (whom is now 21 years old) and just bought it for Christmas for my son's daughter (my 9 yr old granddaughter). I will be buying it for both of my daughter's children (a 2 year old boy and a 3 month old girl) as soon as they get a little older.

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  • Posted January 17, 2010

    Great Multiculture Christmas Story

    I am a retired teacher and loved to read this story to my elementary students. I recently purchaed it for a lesson I did at my grandsons Kindergarten class at Chrismas. After the story, we had a tasting party. Was surprised at all the students that had never tasted tamalies. Also, took a poinsetta plant and discussed the orgin of the flower at Christmas. The teacher loved it when I gave her the plant and book. Would highly recommend the book for a teaching lesson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2006

    A GREAT BOOK !

    This is a great book. I first heard it when I was 12 year old. It was read on a tv show. I am now 23 years old and I still remember the title! That just shows how long a good book can stay in your mind and heart. Feliz Navidad!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2003

    Teachers!

    Great for lesson plans involving cooking!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2003

    You've got to buy this one

    I believe that this book was fun and exciting.

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