Too Many Tamales

Too Many Tamales

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ISBN-13: 9780698114128
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/28/1996
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 67,114
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.81(h) x 0.14(d)
Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Born in Fresno, California to Mexican American parents, Gary Soto learned the hard work ethic through his share of chores, including mowing lawns, picking grapes, painting house numbers on street curbs, and washing cars. His hard work paid off at California State University at Fresno, from which he graduated with an English degree, and later at the University of California at Irvine, where he earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

Gary Soto is an acclaimed poet, essayist, and fiction writer. The awards for this multi-talented author are many, ranging from the U.S. Award for International Poetry Forum in 1977 for his first published book of poetry, The Elements of San Joaquin, to a Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award in 1985 for Living Up the Street, his first published work of prose recollections. His short story collection Baseball in April, was named an American Library Association's Best Book for Young Adults. In 1993 Gary Soto received the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video for Pool Party, and in 1995 he was nominated for a National Book Award.

His other credits include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council. Gary Soto is also one of the youngest poets to appear in the Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry. Several of his books have been translated into French, Spanish and Italian.

Too Many Tamales was named a Booklist Books for Youth Editors' Choices of 1993. Hazel Rochman of Booklist said, "Gary Soto is an accomplished poet and adult writer, and his children's stories are widely popular. His first entry into the picture book genre is a joyful success."

When he is not writing, Mr. Soto serves as a volunteer English teacher at his church. He also enjoys eating at new restaurants, which he does often with his wife, Carolyn, and their daughter Mariko. Other members of the Soto household include their two cats, Corky and Sharkie. The Soto family resides in Berkeley, California.

copyright ? 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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"A mini-drama rendered so acutely that anyone who has lost something special will respond." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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Too Many Tamales 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
princessofthesea on LibraryThing 13 hours ago
Subject Area: Language ArtsGenre: Realistic FictionCritique/Summary:The author bases the story and characters off of things that could happen in real life. The setting is in a home that is familiar to most students' everyday lives. The plot, losing a ring in a batch of tamales, does not seem fantastical or unnatural.The reader can easily put themselves in the position of the main character, Maria, with little stretch of the imagination. (Stars for plot)Age: Intermediate
cassie.lee.irwin on LibraryThing 13 hours ago
Genre: Realistic FictionReview: This realistic fiction books does a great job of relating to real life event though the people and occurrences are not real. Maria and her mother were making tamales for their family dinner later that night when she dropped her mothers ring into the tamales. Her and her cousins ended up eating all of the tamales trying to find the ring. Even though this is a fictional story it is very easy to see how it can connect to real life, this makes students love it.Media: AcrylicPlot: The author does a great job with the plot of this story. The beginning starts out introducing the characters and the setting. Then the rising action happens when Maria decides she wants to play with her mothers ring and then looses it in the tamale mix. The climax is quite long for this story, it lasts from the time that Maria realizes that she no longer has the ring all the way through the children eating all of the tamales. We finally get the resolution when Maria tells her mother what happened and we find out that her mother has had the ring the whole time. The family then makes the second batch of tamales together. The plot had a very good flow.
SarahWilmot on LibraryThing 13 hours ago
This is an excellent example of a realistic fiction book because it addresses experiences that are easy to relate to and that are applicable to everyday life. The author shows Hispanic cuisine as well as presents an everyday problem of a lost ring and the ensuing consequences.
kwiens on LibraryThing 13 hours ago
A wonderful book about a young girl who wants to be just like her mother. She tries on her mothers wedding ring and starts needing the tamale dough. She realizes she loses the ring after all the tamales have been made and instantly knows she will be in trouble. Her and a friend eat all the tamales to find her ring. This was a great book and can be understood by any culture. I loved how the young girl is worried and knows she will be in trouble. This book is also great how it shows tradition and celebrations during holidays. I would introduce this book close to the Christmas holiday and ask the children to share some of their holiday traditions. After hearing some of them the class could come up with their own tradition that the class could have before school lets out for the holidays.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
"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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grmafluffy More than 1 year ago
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.
RetiredTeacher-Mimi More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great for lesson plans involving cooking!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that this book was fun and exciting.