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What Can You Do with a Paleta?

What Can You Do with a Paleta?

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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


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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In any Latino barrio, the highlight of a summer afternoon filled with the sweet and savory smells of flowers and crispy tacos is the arrival of the paleta vendor with his deliciously cool fruit popsicles. Made in a variety of flavors and colors, the paleta can be the inspiration for fun and creativity with old and new friends. Purple tongues, blue mustaches, a palette of swirly, drippy art-all are second to the real enjoyment of a paleta: "to . . . / lick it and slurp it / and sip it and munch it / and gobble it all down." Tafolla's English text sprinkles easily recognizable Spanish words throughout, creating a parallel to the Anglo neighborhood icecream truck in a very Latin setting. Morales's ethnically detailed acrylic paintings in earthen tones against primary colors help to identify the key Spanish words and augment the circular story pattern, in which the introductory verses repeat in the final pages. A simultaneous duallanguage edition presents a parallel Spanish translation that accompanies the English text (9781582462899). (Picture book. 36)

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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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What Can You Do with a Paleta? 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Deanna_Demers More than 1 year ago
WHAT IS A PALETA? What Can You Do With A Paleta? by Carmen Tafolla What Can You Do With A Paleta? is a Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award winner. This book had me asking what is a paleta? Looking at the cover assures readers right away that a paleta is a Mexican popsicle. The book emits the warmth of Mexico with its warm colorful illustrations that perfectly accentuate the dual language wording. At the same time, one can visualize the cool tasty treat that the book discusses. Throughout the book, the question is answered, you can do all kinds of things with a paleta, from painting your tongue to coloring the sidewalk. Tofalla relives her own youthful accounts of her childhood in her Mexican barrio in this masterpiece. You can definitely assure yourself you will want you own paleta after reading this picture book.
ACRain More than 1 year ago
This children’s book was one of my favorite to review. The illustrations where a fiesta of colors and the style of the artwork really set this book apart from the rest. The story is told as much through the illustrations as the words as you follow the pair of main characters through there world. The style and color also made me wonder if the reader was being shown the world through the eyes of the two children as they talked about their favorite treat. While introducing a little of the Hispanic culture I was also impressed with the use of Hispanic words and language in the book, this would be a good book to introduce other languages to young readers. With the book written in both English and Spanish it will give the young reader a chance to learn the language and understand it. This book was an overall winner as it mixed education, culture and fun to offer a unique book that entertains young readers.
Ali_gator45 More than 1 year ago
This is a fun, light read for children. I do not speak Spanish, but this book made it very easy to understand the Spanish words through context and illustrations. I believe this book is designed for children who are Spanish speaking and learning English or even children that use English and Spanish equally throughout the day. While reading the character takes us through his neighborhood, teaching the reader simple Spanish words, and about his community. The illustrations are accurately depicted through the bright colors that compliment the Hispanic tradition. This book is great for teaching the reader a little Spanish and a lot of culture. I would recommend “What Can You Do With A Paleta” to children ages 3 and up.
alexusM More than 1 year ago
This is a great book filled with nice illustrations. This book would be great for elementary level students during a social studies lesson. This book is a great way to teach students about different cultures surrounding them. I enjoyed reading this book would suggest this book as a must have.
jenxloves More than 1 year ago
This is the cutest book! The illustrations are so bright and entertaining. This book would be good for grades kindergarden-third grade. This could be used as a multi-cultural example to teach to children some of the fun and exciting things about a different culture. You not only learn about food but also culture, music, and language! It uses easy to understand spanish words along with the english text. It's placed in a Latin environment and many latino children can be able to relate. It really makes me want to try a Paleta!
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Jen110709 More than 1 year ago
What Can You Do with a Paleta? is a charming story about a little girl who waits for the paleta wagon. The little girl describes her neighborhood or barrio as a place filled with bright colored flowers, sassy music, and the smells of tacos and fruta. The author does a great job bringing the senses to life in this story. The little girl loves her neighborhood and the things she loves the most is the paleta man. Readers can connect to this story no matter what their cultural background happens to be, since most cultures have some type of street vendors. I know when I read this story it brought me back to waiting for the ice cream man during the summer. The colors of the illustration draw the reader into the book and make the story "pop" off the page. The story is simple, but allows for more detailed discussion if wanted. It will also allow for children to exercise their creativity. What would they do with the paleta? What Can You Do with a Paleta? would make a great addition to any home or classroom library.
Felicity0 More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book, it has wonderful illustrations that reminded me of when I was a child. It tells the story of young Mexican that get so excited when the Ice Cream man comes. It shows the fun a child finds at being offered many choices of sweet, icy treats. The story also describes how a paleta can be eaten, shared, and enjoyed. People of all cultures can learn how delightful and delicious a paleta (popsicle) is, especially with the help of the beautiful acrylic paintings that are found in the pages of this award winning book.
ShelbyCrum More than 1 year ago
A cute story that makes you think about all the different ways you can use something in ways you would have never thought of before. It is easy to understand even if you don’t speak Spanish because mot of the words are in English and the words that are in Spanish are easy words that everyone should know. A good story with cute pictures all in all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never thought of Paletas the way this tells and describe them. Award winner for the Tomas Rivera award describes and depicts some of the many things you can do with a paleta. In this great story a young girl walks you through her barrio, as she tells you some of the things she does with her frozen, fruit-flavored treat. From tongues turning green, creating a masterpiece, to decision making when it come to what flavor is the one you want. The text is simple and short, but the illustrations take you to Mexico, as its colors are very vivid and bright like the author describes as Zarape. Each page takes you back in time when you were eating one of those chill frozen lollipops. If you ever had one!! There's so much to do with a paleta now that think about it.
Shannett More than 1 year ago
I've never had a paleta before but this book definitely makes me want to out and find one. This is a really cute book that would be wonderful for kids to read. The thing i liked about this book also was that on one page there was english and on the next page it was in spanish. If i got my hands on a paleta i would eat it in all of five seconds.
Cayla More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I originally chose to read it because the author is from San Antonio, as am I, but wow this story has everything. The story is about a young child living in the barrio who buys a paleta from the ice cream man. Growing up I remember running down the street to catch the ice cream truck. The story also includes poetry, adjectives, and realistic circumstances. The reader feels like they are really there in the barrio with the characters. The illustrations in the book are awesome as well. I really enjoyed the story and so did my 2 year old daughter!
AmandaG19 More than 1 year ago
This book is such a cute picture book that tells all about paletas! There is some Spanish in the English text but it is still so easy to follow and is written in such a good way that can help kids learn these Spanish words. The illustrations are awesome and have such vibrant colors on every page! Being from South Texas I grew up loving paletas (and still do)! I remember how we would travel over to Mexico just to go get them. I never realized how paletas really were a big part of the Hispanic culture. This book would be awesome to have in your classroom library to show different cultures and to even introduce a new language to young readers!
nileriver More than 1 year ago
What can you do with a Paleta ? is such a good story to read to your kids . It is such a good book because it takes the kids on an adventure through the barrio to see how many ways you can use a paleta . Now thats a sticky treat that will have the kids wanting to try new ways to use them . A must read for kids the enjoy while eating a paleta .
ckim More than 1 year ago
I have never heard of this author until this year through my Children's Literature class I am taking to complete my coursework to become a primary grade teacher. Attending college and living in San Antonio, Texas for the last three years, I was able to relate to the author and her story about paletas. Besides the author being from San Antonio, what initially drew me to this book was the amazing art and color used to illustrate the front cover. As I started to read What Can You Do With a Paleta? the vivid pictures and the incorporation of culture really caught my attention. The length of the story, incorporation of bright colors, and the culture screaming from this book makes it a must have for all who desire a great collection of children's book! Carmen Tafolla educates the readers of a tradition in Latino neighborhoods in this charming children's book, What Can You Do with a Paleta? Magaly Morales is an amazing artist and both of these names will be ones that I keep in mind and look out for.
LemaMichelle More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this story because of the illustration and the poetry that gave me that oh too familiar taste. Just looking at the illustration made me think back to those hot summer days when all of the kids playing in the street would run at full speed once we heard the bell of the paleta man. I can still taste the strawberry paleta as I read this book. It's a great story for children of all ages and races. No matter where you live, a simple treat can make all the difference for you. This story shows the many ways that a fruit flavored popsicle can excite a child's imagination. The poetry and illustration of this book all come together to make the words come to life right before your very eyes. I highly recommend this story to anyone-whether you live in the barrio or the wealthiest area- you will defintely love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love, Love, LOVE this book! Carmen Tafolla's story, along with Magaly Morales's illustrations, made What Can You Do with a Paleta? come to life. At times, it seemed that the illustrations spoke for themselves; in my mind, I could hear the paleta man yelling, "Paleeetaaas!" throughout the book and the "señora at the fruit stand" cry, "Oh, mija! Gracias!" (Tafolla, 2009). Tafolla and Morales made a perfect team in this book. Together, the words and pictures pulled me into the narrator's world and I could hear her sweet and excited voice speaking to me about her beloved barrio. Morales's interpretation of the barrio was exquisite with charming rounded, playful homes, vivid expressions of the people, and the texture of the roses made them look like, as Tafolla says, "velvet" (2009). One label I could give call this book would be a "brainstorming book." This book showcases different examples for uses of one item, in this case, a paleta. What Can You Do With a Paleta? can be used when teaching young writers to brainstorm off of one idea/topic to expand a piece of writing. Please, please, please read this book! I hope you'll love it as much as I do.
Tara3 More than 1 year ago
This book won the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award. I enjoyed reading this book to my 5 year old son. I found this book to be full of color and life. The colors and illustrations are very vivid and descriptive; they make you feel like you are in this Mexican Village experiencing the sights, sounds and smells along the way. This book has humor, fun, family and Tradition all in one. I like that towards the end it reflects on the beginning of the story by repeating the words and it reminds you once again how to get lost in this story all over. I believe my favorite Paleta would be watermelon, but would love to try them all sometime. On the last page of this book, I enjoyed the fact that they tell you all about the Paleta and what it means. I had no idea and it really shows the tradition and allows the reader to understand this part of the Mexican Culture and gives you the opportunity to have more information on hand. I would suggest this book for a variety of ages, young and young at heart. This is a wonderful book and it's a wonderful way to introduce culture, colors, senses and just plain old fun.