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What Can You Do with a Paleta? (Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award) Hardcover – April 14, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582462216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582462219
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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.

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I could read this book over and over, great book!
Olivia
Paleta is just one fun great thing about living in her barrio.
Candace Rene Stewart
It just feels like summer throughout the whole book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cueros literature on December 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By blue_eyes_rinoa on December 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"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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By Kimberly Lott on September 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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By Candace Rene Stewart on October 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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By wkothmann on November 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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