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What Can You Do with a Paleta? (Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award) [Kindle Edition]

Carmen Tafolla , Magaly Morales
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Where the paleta wagon rings its tinkly belland carries a treasure of icy paletasin every color of the sarape . . .

As she strolls through her barrio, a young girl introduces readers to the frozen, fruit-flavored treat that thrills Mexican and Mexican-American children. Create a masterpiece, make tough choices (strawberry or coconut?), or cool off on a warm summer's day--there's so much to do with a paleta.

Editorial Reviews


"In any Latino barrio, the highlight of a summer afternoon filled with the sweet and savory smells of flowers and crispy tacos is the arrival of the paleta vendor with his deliciously cool fruit popsicles. Made in a variety of flavors and colors, the paleta can be the inspiration for fun and creativity with old and new friends. Purple tongues, blue mustaches, a palette of swirly, drippy art--all are second to the real enjoyment of a paleta: "to.../ lick it and slurp it / and sip it and munch it / and gobble it all down." Tafolla's English text sprinkles easily recognizable Spanish words throughout, creating a parallel to the Anglo neighborhood ice-cream truck in a very Latin setting. Morales's ethnically detailed acrylic paintings in earthen tones against primary colors help to identify the key Spanish words and augment the circular story pattern, in which the introductory verses repeat in the final pages. A simultaneous dual-language edition presents a parallel Spanish translation that accompanies the English text." --Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2009

From the Publisher

* Second book in series that introduces children to Mexican-American culture.
* Great addition to El día de los niños/El día de los libros collections.
* English-Spanish bilingual hardcover edition also available.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1138 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (April 24, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C4BA6PC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #930,372 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars What CAN'T you do with a paleta?! December 4, 2010
This is a very fun and easy read for children. Although I am not a native spanish-speaker, this book made it very simple to learn and read spanish words through recognition and context. The book is intended for a latin-american child or children who transition through english to spanish daily. In this book, we follow two characters, in which one character gives a tour of the barrio (neighborhood). In doing this, we learn simple spanish words and can enjoy the festivities and importance of community. The illustrations use bright colors which are complimentary to the hispanic tradition, as well as depicting the barrio setting, which many are familiar with but some may not know about. We learn all about how the paleta is a sweet, juicy popscicle treat which is the star of the barrio on a hot summers day. There are so many things to do with a paleta, and I didn't even know what it was before reading this book! Thank you, Tafolla for teaching me a little spanish and a lot of culture in this fun and vibrant children's book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy! December 6, 2010
"What Can You Do with a Paleta?" is a cute picture book all about Paletas. A yummy ice treat from mexico, that you can do so much with than eat. The two main characters tell us all about Paletas, their favorite treat, and of all the things that you can do with yours. You can share it, color with it, and of course you can eat it. This book is great. A fun book to read and learn about paletas. This would be a wonderful reading for young children, mainly those children living in San Antonio or areas in which there is much Mexican culture influence. The pictures are bright and very colorful. The drawings are probably my favorite part of this book, and the story itself is a fun read, and easy to follow.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yummy Yummy!! September 30, 2010
What Can You Do With a Paleta?

by: Carmen Tafolla

Tomas Rivera Award 2010

Carmen Tafolla, is an author that did an amazing job with this book "What can you do with a Paleta?', because the details and the colors she used are great and it kept my attention throughout her whole book. I like the way this book shows you many different ways to eat a paleta and what you can do with one. In the book she tells about how each family member uses a paleta in different ways and I think that shows how everyone thinks differently and can be creative. Also after I read this book I couldn't wait to eat a paleta and the book is definitely right because there is so many different favors that you can choose from. I think this would be a great book to read to kids but after reading it you will definitely want to eat a delicious paleta. This would be a great summer time book but I also think that you could read it whenever because I know that I still like paletas in the winter time. Most read this because it's a great children's book in my opinion.

An earlier version for "What You Can Do With a Paleta" by Carmen Tafolla was posted on Amazon on 09/30/10

Tafolla, Carmen (2009) What Can You Do with a Paleta? California: Tricycle Press
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paleta's Are Fun October 28, 2010
Paleta's Are Fun
What Can You Do with a Paleta?
By Carmen Tafolla
Thomas Rivera Mexican Children's Book Award
This book is about a young girl that is describing her neighborhood by the way of a visitor. The way a visitor would smell and see as they walk down the street. The paleta has a big role in the girls barrio being that the paleta it's the barrio treat. When the paleta wagon comes tinkling around selling all different flavors of paletas. Then the questions come up "What can you DO with a paleta." The answer comes out in a funny way for example paletas paint your tongue. You also have to choose from which paleta you may want to eat. The basic premise of this book I feel is how great it is to be a child in this barrio. Paleta is just one fun great thing about living in her barrio.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A way to cool down on a hot summer day. September 23, 2010
Carmen Tafolla, a local author from San Antonio, shares a vivid childhood memory we can all relate too, paleta's. She creates a "sassy and sweet" image of the "barrio" in reader's heads that allow you to imagine a strong community filled with culture. The way she describes the smell and the vibrant bold colors takes you right to the Hispanic culture. The illustrations are filled with bright colors and very joyful to look at. You can only allow for yourself to create a vision of yourself running after a cart full of paletas.
The book would be great to read on a hot summer day! Afterwards you won't be able not to enjoy a paleta. It also introduces the Hispanic culture in a fun- filled imaginative way. You won't be able to take your eyes off the page!
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5.0 out of 5 stars How Hot is too Hot? November 18, 2010
This book is considered to be a very famous book throughout the Hispanic American community. This book tells a story about a very hot summer day and a popsicle or a paleta. Off the top of ones head it is very difficult to think of things to do with a popsicle. However, Tafolla Morales gives the child many different things one can do. As it turns out there are many things one can do with a popsicle. Through Magaly Moralles's vibrant illistrations and Tafolla Morales's use of rhyme and poetry, one is able to see the importance of community and how everything works together in a community. This is a great picture book for its vibrant colors and joyful nature. The illustrations will grab any child to read the story over and over again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Yum
As a Latina I could really relate th this book. It took me down memory lane, from when I was young and would wait outside on hot summer days for the Paleta man. Read more
Published 20 months ago by SammyJean
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer Fun with some Delicioso Goodies!
Carmen Tafolla brings to life in brilliant color what kids do with their paletas. I was able to relate with this story because as a child I was able to really enjoy my summer time... Read more
Published 20 months ago by genesis ovando
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Cultured
This book vivid color's and playful images are sure to be a good read for any storytelling time. Including a lot of cultural references, this books takes audiences through the... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amy Snyder
4.0 out of 5 stars What can you do with a Paleta
This book is a cute story of the narrator going on an adventure through the barrio trying to see how many ways you can use a paleta. Read more
Published 21 months ago by SamAnn
5.0 out of 5 stars Ring, Ring, Ring!!
That's a sound I'm familiar hearing in my barrio as well! As a little girl I remember running out to the paleta man and like in the book having that difficult choice of choosing... Read more
Published 21 months ago by bessturg
5.0 out of 5 stars Arriba Paletas!!
This book is packed with lots of Mexican culture that is relatable regardless of where you grew up. It allowed us to enter the barrio where our characters were from. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Grace Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me want a paleta!
This book is full of culture which I can relate to. This book is about a little girl living in a barrio, neighborhood, and enjoying a paleta. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Zelda Gomez
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
What can you do with a Paleta? what a good book that is full of color and excitment. There are many things that children do with their food and in this book it asked a question. Read more
Published on November 28, 2012 by aapaez08
5.0 out of 5 stars i just wanna eat it !!!
This book is about more than just a fruity treat! This book was written about the barrio in San Antonio which is also called a neighborhood in English, which is usually full of... Read more
Published on November 28, 2012 by brivillarreal
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bilingual picture book
This is a wonderful bilingual picture book for young children. If you want a picture book that introduces children to Hispanic culture and language this is it! Read more
Published on November 26, 2012 by Jenna
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