The Tortilla Factory

The Tortilla Factory

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by Gary Paulsen, Ruth Wright Paulsen
     
 

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In a lyrical tribute to the Mexican farm worker, award-winning author Gary Paulsen pays homage to a cycle of life--from seed to plant to tortilla. With Ruth Wright Paulsen's expressive paintings, the story brings forth the poetry and beauty of a simple way of life. Full color.

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In a lyrical tribute to the Mexican farm worker, award-winning author Gary Paulsen pays homage to a cycle of life--from seed to plant to tortilla. With Ruth Wright Paulsen's expressive paintings, the story brings forth the poetry and beauty of a simple way of life. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This simple prose poem describes, in broad strokes, how corn is harvested and made into tortillas while rough, warm-toned paintings set the scenes. All ages. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
In a simple but graceful text, the author follows the corn cycle from the black earth sleeping in winter, to the planting of the yellow corn seeds, the growth and harvesting of the plants, the making and eating of corn tortillas, and finally the planting of the seeds again. The lovely illustrations, which are richly colored oil paintings done on linen, show a love and appreciation for the land and a way of life. Also available in a Spanish text edition.
Ilene Cooper
Using simple yet evocative language, Paulsen tells young readers how a corn seed eventually becomes a tortilla. "The black earth sleeps in winter . . .," but in the spring, it is worked by brown hands that plant the yellow seeds. Seeds become plants, and then the corn is ground into flour and sent to the tortilla factory. The flour disks come off the machine, are packaged, and eventually arrive in kitchens--" to be wrapped around juicy beans and eaten by white teeth, to fill a round stomach and give strength to the brown hands that work the black earth." This circular telling works nicely with the strong, attractive paintings that get texture from their linen surface. The simplicity of the text does raise a few questions, however. For instance, is the dough really kneaded by hand after it has been mixed by machinery? Although this may have select appeal, it's an interesting and attractive offering.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780780778269
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
01/28/2010
Product dimensions:
11.50(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

GARY PAULSEN has written nearly two hundred books for young people, including the Newbery Honor Books Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room. He divides his time between a home in New Mexico and a boat on the Pacific Ocean.

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