Chepito is full of questions. Why is his mother cooking eggs and frying beans? Why is Manuel digging around the corn? Why is Ramón milking the cow? Why is Maria slapping dough between her hands? In this simply told story, a little boy learns all about food and where it comes from. Following on the success of What Are You Doing? Elisa Amado and Manuel Monroy have created another gem of a picture book, this time about food — where it comes from, how we nurture food plants and animals, and what we eat to be healthy and strong. Manuel Monroy sweetly depicts Chepito’s world — a rural community where people grow much of their own food and raise chickens and cows — giving young children a clear picture of the origins of foods they consume every day. Includes a short glossary.
About the Author
Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. Her books have been on the Américas Award Commended List and on USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List. She lives in Toronto.
Manuel Monroy is one of Mexico’s most accomplished, award-winning illustrators whose work has appeared in children’s books, in magazines, on posters, and most recently in animation projects. He has also exhibited his art in Mexico, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Italy, Japan and the Netherlands.
Read an Excerpt
“Why are you doing that?” asked Chepito as his mother stood at the stove, cooking eggs and frying beans.
“I’m making your breakfast,” answered his mother.
“What for? What for?” sang Chepito.
“These eggs and beans will make you really strong.”
Chepito ate as fast as he could and ran out the door.
There was his neighbor, Manuel, digging in the ground.
“Why are you doing that?” asked Chepito.
“I’m digging out the weeds that are growing around the corn,” said Manuel.
“What for? What for?” sang Chepito
“Because weeds keep the corn from growing tall and strong. Look at this nice elote,” Manuel said, as he peeled back the husk.