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


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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: 10.4 x 0.4 x 10.3 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: #160,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

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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This book is cleverly written and beautifully illustrated.
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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
Part of what makes THE CAZUELA THAT THE FARM MAIDEN STIRRED so delicious is the art.
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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
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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 Jennifer Simms on February 17, 2011
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This is such a clever and enticing book. The idea is so compelling- the gradual build up of words and concepts - and teaches like a memory game. Add to that the beauty and humor of its illustrations and the lyrical nature of the text and you've got a truly unique and winning book. My three year old - who knows some Spanish from Dora- asked me to read this book to her twice last night (upon delivery) and pronounced it a "great book." That's high praise from her, and I wholeheartedly agree! It is really hard to find a gorgeous picture book that is not too simple/boring or complex/confusing her.....this one fits the bill and she can grow with it, too. (Also, it's fun to read aloud, which is always a plus for the exhausted parent!)Love this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susie Elitzky on February 7, 2011
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Samantha Vamos has done it again with her second book!! The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred is beautifully written and tells a story of how working together and cooperating is fun and makes everything better. It is a wonderful lesson for children. And, while teaching this lesson, we are exposed to Spanish words which are easily translated with the glossary at the end of the book. The book is also wonderfully illustrated and the colors and pictures just leap out to the reader as they illustrate the story the author tells. This is a heartwarming story and I can NOT wait to read this to my niece who I know will absolutely love the story and the pictures!! I highly recommend this book to anyone with children!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lady Elsewhere on March 2, 2011
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I loved the sweet gentleness of Samantha Vamos's first book, "I Loved You Before You Were Here, Mi Amor" and waited with great anticipation for this book's arrival. This book feels like a departure for Ms. Vamos: a jubilant one! It's one of the best "read alouds" I've read in a very long time. My niece, 7, and my nephew, 5, both wanted me to read it again as soon as I finished. The text builds and builds with great whimsy and musicality, drawing in young readers enthusiastically - and teaching them a little a Spanish, too, as a boon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By janet on February 10, 2011
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I loved this book from the eye-catching cover to the spanish glossary and recipe at the end! What a creative treasure--so much more than the run-of-the-mill children's book. The story is so engaging and fun with animals and people that dance across every page! And the bilingual focus make it a must read for every child and for every parent who recognizes the advantages of exposing children to the beauty of language--English and Spanish! 5 plus stars!!
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