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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: 0.4 x 9.2 x 10.6 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: #320,260 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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The pictures are bright and very colorful.
blue_eyes_rinoa
This book can be fun for children to read and teach them about different kinds of foods and what you can do with them.
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This is a great bilingual book to keep in a classroom with young children.
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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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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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By Kirsten G. Cutler on August 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is an absolutely wonderful book. The text is fresh and "sassy" and the beautiful acrylic paintings are vibrant and joyful. "Where the big velvet roses bloom red and pink and fuchsia, where the accordion plays sassy and sweet, where the smell of crispy tacos or buttery tortillas or juicy fruta floats out of every window, and where the paleta wagon rings its tinkly bell and carries a treasure of icy paletas in every color of the sarape...That's my barrio!" A delightful double spread shows the paleta wagon filled with popsicles of every imaginable color, and three eager children rushing to choose a flavor. Read this book aloud; and children and adults alike will remember their cool "paletas" with pleasure.
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By SammyJean on May 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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. Oh and toughest decision by far would be picking which flavor I wanted. Being that our Latino Race is growing and growing in The United States. It is a book that a lot of our students in the classrooms can relate too. Also, a good book to show to other students who aren't Latinos, it gives them a little insight on the kind of things that go on in "Our Barrio." (neighborhoods)
Excellent Book!!
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Format: Hardcover
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 with a lot of paletas that my mother would do and buy for me. That is how the students can also relate to that as well. The cover of this book is eye-catching. The use of colors is so perfect for this story. It just feels like summer throughout the whole book. The colors make me think of the Hispanic cultures. It looks like fun and everyone is invited. This book is good for showing cultural differences with younger children and traditions about different cultures. Overall the book is just fun in every turn of the page
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By Amy Snyder on May 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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 characters day in her barrio (community). Through the playful imagery and word choice, readers truly experience the story and learn about another culture. The colors in the illustrations are bright and jumpy, promised to capture children's attention throughout the book. The font of the words is a curvy and fun print, with the Spanish words italicized. This gives children the opportunity to not only enjoy a fun book but learn a few new Spanish words and about a culture that is different from their own. I would recommend this book to anyone who plans to use it for a younger audience looking for a bright and playful way to learn a few things about a new culture.
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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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