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The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred Hardcover – February 1, 2011


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This book was awarded the American Library Association's 2012 Pura Belpré Honor for a Latino writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience! Check out this complete list of all previous winners and honors from 1996 through 2012.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge; Bilingual edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580892426
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580892421
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr K-4—What's in the pot that the farm maiden stirs? Well, into that cazuela goes lime, rice, sugar, milk, eggs, and butter, all brought by different animals. Each is introduced in English, but subsequent appearances use their Spanish names. The list of ingredients and participants grows with each page, offering listeners a chance to pick up the vocabulary through repetition, while enjoying the delightful illustrations by Rafael Lopez. The book (Charlesbridge, 2011) receives stellar treatment here. Narrator Adriana Sananes provides an authentic Spanish accent for the Spanish words, and clear English for the rest of the text. This is a delightful bilingual romp, and teachers will appreciate the chance to compare and contrast the story with the English "This is the House That Jack Built." There's even a recipe for Arroz Con Leche (rice pudding) at the end of the book, as well as a glossary of the Spanish words. This is both a visual and an auditory treat that is sure to stir up a lot of enthusiasm from any audience.—Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary, Federal Way, Washington. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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*Starred Review* With the help of her animal friends, a farm maiden begins to cook. The goat lends some butter; the cow, fresh milk; the chicken, a few eggs all for a pot of rice pudding. Inspired by "The House that Jack Built," Vamos offers a fresh, new twist, playfully introducing Spanish into this cumulative tale. The pot becomes the cazuela; the goat, the cabra; the butter, the mantequilla; and so forth, until the text is bursting with bilingual energy. With each repetition, the momentum builds and bubbles until it reaches a boiling frenzy. Vamos then skillfully ties it all together, as each animal s Spanish name and accompanying ingredient is reiterated in a simple phrase allowing readers to recall their meaning and relationship to the rice pudding. A party ensues, and all return to the cazuela to give thanks and share in their communal creation. López s artwork, with its desert palette punctuated by brilliant primary colors and its graphic, hard edges, suggestive of folk art, is a perfect match. His sophisticated, multilayered textures create depth, give form and work together to create an image that s easily readable, humorous and harmonious. Complete with an arroz con leche recipe and glossary of Spanish words, this thoughtful work will appeal to both Spanish speakers and learners. A wonderful read-aloud, filled with merriment and conviviality. --Kirkus Reviews

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It is beautifully written and beautifully illustrated.
Susan J. Goldberg
And, while teaching this lesson, we are exposed to Spanish words which are easily translated with the glossary at the end of the book.
Susie Elitzky
A truly beautiful children book, my 5 year old just loves it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susan J. Goldberg on March 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a fantastic book! It is beautifully written and beautifully illustrated. I am not sure whether my kids or I enjoy it more! The bilingual aspect is great - my 12 year old (the self-identified Spanish expert) has read it to my 8 year old over and over again, and then they compete over how many Spanish words they know. But the book is much more than that, it's extremely creative, innovative, and fun to read. It's so refreshing to see work like this in the children's book market. This book has it all. I recommend it highly!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brimful Curiosities on May 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Samantha Vamos, in her newest bilingual picture book, cleverly combines both Spanish and English words together to tell the story of a farm maiden who makes a delicious batch of Arroz con Leche in a big pot (the cazuela). With the help of several helpful farm animals and a farmer, she adds all the rice pudding ingredients in a pot. While waiting for the pudding to cook the whole colorful group of characters dance and play instruments and they forget to tend the bubbling, burbling pot. Ay! Apparently the farm maiden needs to stir her pot more often. Who knew that making a pot of rice pudding could result in such a fantastic, flavorful fiesta?

Much like in the familiar tale The House That Jack Built, Vamos' cumulative story builds and builds upon itself as each ingredient gets added to the simmering pot. The repetition and sequencing really helps young readers learn new animal and cooking themed Spanish words like cow/vacha, goat/cabra, duck/pato, donkey/burro, milk/leche and egg/huevo. Each new term is first introduced in English and then appears in the following verses in Spanish. A glossary in the back of the book provides a helpful pronunciation key and printable flashcards can be found online on Vamos' website in the Activity and Discussion Guide. My kids use the flashcards to interact with the story and place the cards on the floor sequentially as I read the cumulating verses.

I honestly don't think Vamos could have found a better suited illustrator for her book than Rafael López. He creates his bold, vivid illustrations by painting with acrylics on grained wood. His illustrations infused with orange-red backgrounds perfectly parallel the story. The pictures build in excitement, exhibit movement and vibrancy and López evens adds in a dash of humor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 3 Boys' Mom on April 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
We loved her first book, Before You Were Here, Mi Amor and this book by Samantha Vamos is just as wonderful. The story is a delight to read with my boys, ages 6, 4 and 2 as it has an enchanting rhythm to it, and having a chance to expose them to Spanish words that they can easily learn is the icing on the cake. The illustrations are beautifully done; the boys like to stare at the pages to notice the vibrant colors and details. We love this book and I've given it as a gift to several friends - highly recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Peters on June 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My son, who is now 4, has been slightly obsessed with this book since we first brought it into our home about 2 years ago. The illustrations are remarkable and the story line is clever and entertaining for both my son and myself. The use of Spanish words blends so well into the story. We will be reading this book for years and years to come (mostly by memory at this point).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm Jess on November 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I think this is a great book because it introduces children to Spanish and challenges them to remember a sequence. The farm animals help the farm maiden cook in this Spanish style recipe book for arroz con leche or rice pudding, and readers are taught two new Spanish words at each new page. "This is the cow that made the fresh milk while teaching the cabra that churned the crema, to make the mantequilla that went into the cazuela that the farm maiden stirred."

The pictures are humorous because the animals are so friendly and helpful, and the rhythm of the text makes this book fun to read aloud.The story is engaging because the animals are expressive and animated. The pictures and text are equally entertaining and the distinct style of Rafael Lopez makes for unforgettable pictures. Rafael Lopez's work is recognizable in many forms such as U.S. Postal Service stamps, Obama campaign posters, and murals throughout the country. For this children's picture book he stays true to his signature graphic style of Mexican surrealism, and features colors from a desert palette like pink, purple, orange, and green in acrylics on grained wood.

Citation: Vamos, S.R.(2011)The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred. Watertown: Charlesbridge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria S. on October 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My four-year old daughter could not stop giggling as we read this book. By the second reading, she remembered what each Spanish word meant, and after four readings she could say the words herself. We had a great time reading it and practicing our Spanish. We also made the arroz con leche recipe - yum!! Great text, gorgeous illustrations. Highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roxana on September 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Although I was out of breath when I finished reading it to my stepson, we both enjoyed it! It is great beacuse it is one of those books that repeats what was on the previous page and adds more. It is a great bilingual book that introduces children to new words and how to say them in both languages. Since it uses repetition kids can easily predict whats coming next and keep them engaged. I was pleasantly surprised that the book had a recipe for arroz con leche in the back. I grew up eating it and often make it at home, but this gave me a chance to teach my stepson how to make it and try it out together since he knew the progression thanks to the story. Fabulous book for home and the classroom!
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