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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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"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

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* 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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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: #914,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 brivillarreal on November 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 Mexican culture. This book shows how communities come together and are more than people living around each other, and making new friends. The main characters go about telling us what all you can do with a paleta, you don't have to just eat it! You can share it, color with it, paint your tongue, and make yourself a mustache, or you can just eat it; that's what I would do. This is a very good book to read with children and the pictures make the book come to life. It made me remember when I was a child and would run around outside eating paleta's myself. I could never choose between lime or the pickle flavors! I also love how this book uses not only English but Spanish as well to tell her story. I would love to use this when I become a teacher because I live in San Antonio and some can relate to the things described in this book, and because it is a fun and cultural book to read to children of all ages.
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Format: Hardcover
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. There is some Spanish in the English text but it is still so easy to follow and is written in such a good way that can help kids learn these Spanish words. The colors and illustrations are very vivid and descriptive; they make you feel like you are in this Mexican Village experiencing the sights, sounds and smells along the way. On the last page of this book, I enjoyed the fact that they tell you all about the Paleta and what it means. I had no idea and it really shows the tradition and allows the reader to understand this part of the Mexican Culture and gives you the opportunity to have more information on hand. The vivid pictures and the incorporation of culture really caught my attention. I would recommend this book for all ages. Children will be able to enjoy this book with their parents because I think the parents will find it cute and cultural.
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By Stephanie R on October 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I liked the book immediately upon seeing the cover.Then I opened the book and realized it was not only in English but also in Spanish, which made me like it twice as much! I think that the idea of this book was so well thought out and planned to really attract an audience that normally, doesn't get much attention. What Can You Do with a Paleta?, is a story about something as simple as an icy treat yet so important to the Latin-American culture. This story shares the journey of two children who dance around the barrio finding fun things to do with their paleta. I really enjoyed how the story is filled with rich text and illustrations that go hand in hand all the way through the story. It's simple, to the point and very exciting as children of all ages could easily join in on the journey while imagining all the fun things he or she could do if they had a paleta in their hand. Overall, this is a great story to share in the classroom when introducing multicultural ideas to children!
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