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What's an old woman to do when a skeleton pays her a birthday visit and beckons her to "come along"? Grandma Beetle, the heroine of this joyful book by the illustrator of Harvesting Hope, stalls for time. "Just a minute," she says; there's something she needs to do. One chore leads to another, but the skeleton can't mask his enthusiasm as Grandma cooks, fills pinatas, and performs other tasks, each one linked to a number from 1 to 10, uno to diez. Eventually nueve grandchildren arrive for Grandma's birthday party, and guess who else is invited? Even if children don't grasp the implications of the skeleton's visit, they'll enjoy seeing him join the fun, and when he extends Grandma's lease on life, the relieved, loving embrace she gives her grandchildren will satisfy young ones at a gut level. Like the text, the rich, lively artwork draws strongly upon Mexican culture, with hints of Diego Rivera in Grandma's robust form, and the skeleton resembling the whimsical figurines often seen in Day of the Dead folk art. Along with their useful math and multicultural elements, the splendid art and spiritual storytelling auger a long, full life for this original folktale. - Booklist, starred review
A wonderful book for teaching Spanish and English and a wonderful cultural tale. Who doesn't love a trickster?Published 3 months ago by Susan Mumpower-Spriggs
The author has done a phenomenal job with this funny trickster tale and also with the colorful bright illustrations. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Geowonderland
This is one of my 6 yr old grandson's favorite books, and mine too.Published 10 months ago by Gal-on-the-run
Grandma Beetle's day got ruined by Senor Calavera (apparently he is Death) who showed up and said it was time to go. But Grandma tells Senor Calavera "Just one Minute".. Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by David Rooster Rodriguez