What Can You Do with a Paleta? / ¿Qué puedes hacer con una paleta?

What Can You Do with a Paleta? / ¿Qué puedes hacer con una paleta?

by Carmen Tafolla, Magaly Morales
     
 

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Where the paleta wagon rings its tinkly belland carries a treasure of icy paletasin every color of the sarape . . .

As she strolls through her barrio, a young girl introduces readers to the frozen, fruit-flavored treat that thrills Mexican and Mexican-American children. Create a masterpiece, make tough choices (strawberry or coconut?), or cool off on a warm

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Where the paleta wagon rings its tinkly belland carries a treasure of icy paletasin every color of the sarape . . .

As she strolls through her barrio, a young girl introduces readers to the frozen, fruit-flavored treat that thrills Mexican and Mexican-American children. Create a masterpiece, make tough choices (strawberry or coconut?), or cool off on a warm summer's day—there's so much to do with a paleta.

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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2–A paleta is a traditional Mexican frozen treat on a stick sold by busy, wagon-pushing vendors. Children can paint their tongues purple and green with one, give themselves big, blue mustaches, cool off on a hot day, and more. The story takes readers on a tour of a vibrant Latino neighborhood where sweet accordion music plays, velvet roses bloom, delicious smells of buttery tortillas and juicy fruit float from windows, and children gather to buy paletas on a hot day. The lyrical prose is equally beautiful in both languages. Morales uses broad, curvy brushstrokes of contrasting bright and fruity colors to capture the look of Mexican folk art. The characters’ faces are round with slightly slanted eyes and rendered in golden shades of burnt sienna. Along with the author’s What Can You Do with a Rebozo? (Tricycle, 2007), this joyful celebration of barrio life is a must-have for children’s collections.–Rebecca Hickman, Sherman Library at NSU, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582462899
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
04/28/2009
Edition description:
Bilingual
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,165,367
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

MAGALY MORALES is known for the bright colors and infectious sense of play in her illustrations. She was born in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.

CARMEN TAFOLLA is a poet whose stories for children and adults have appeared in more than two hundred poetry anthologies. She lives in a hundred-year-old house in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, children, mother, and many pets.

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