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Growing Up With Tamales/Los Tamales De Ana based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Growing Up With Tamales/ Los Tamales de Ana by Gwendolyn Zepeda is an interesting book in that it is a story about two sisters who are growing up together. The illustrations are beautifully done and the book is large so the pictures are very attractive. The story is written in English and then translated in Spanish. My only criticism of the story is that it felt sexist in certain parts of the story in both the illustrations and the narrative. For example, the main character looks up to her big sister and she says, Lidia will be fourteen so she will, ¿get to chop and cook the meat for the tamales. I wish I was fourteen, so Mami would trust me with the stove and knife.¿ The picture illustrates 3 females in the kitchen, the older sister cutting the meat and the mother in an apron consoling the main character with the stove in the background. Apparently the main character can't wait to get to use the stove. Even though I love to cook myself, the way the content is presented seems unappealing to me. Furthermore, the main character¿s dream is to own a truck with ¿Ana¿s Tamales¿ written on it so that she can deliver her tamales all over the world. The story seems contrite and success artificially pasted in the end. I think I would still consider purchasing the book because I feel some people might enjoy it even if I did not. I may be a little too sensitive to the way the girls are presented in the story. On a positive note the story does emphasis traditional family values and female relationships.Ages 5-8