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The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred Paperback – August 1, 2013
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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.Read more ›
Are you familiar with the cumulative tale format? Well Ms. Vamos takes the idea and twists it a little. A variety of different farm animals aid a farmer and a farm maiden as they work together to make some rice pudding. A donkey picks limes, a duck buys sugar, a hen grates, and by the end everyone has done their part. Of course, in the midst of some dancing the pudding almost gets out of hand, but our heroes are able to save it in time. The end of the book includes a Glossary of Spanish Words and a recipe for the pudding.
I'll say right here that the way in which Vamos has seamlessly integrated Spanish words into her text is extraordinary.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My kids did not really like this book which is disappointing since I'm trying to find more culture books.Published 5 months ago by J. Rivera
This is a the most amazing children's book I have ever seen. Ms. Vamos's lovely story is wonderful and the illustrations are individual pieces of art. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stephanie Vamos
I recently learned that this book, that I have loved for years and gave as a gift probably 15 times and counting was the 2012 winner of the prestigious Pura Belpré Award!! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Gabriel Allon
Not only are the illustrations absolutely beautiful, but I can read this catchy story over and over and over and over and over...Published 11 months ago by ashley greene
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. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by D. Peters
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... Read morePublished on October 1, 2012 by Maria S.
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... Read morePublished on September 23, 2012 by Roxana