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The Three Little Tamales [Kindle Edition]

Eric A. Kimmel , Valeria Docampo
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Book Description

While the three little tamales cool off on a windowsill, a tortilla rolls by. "You’ll be eaten. You’d better run!" he tells them. And so the tamales jump out the window. The first runs to the prairie and builds a house of sagebrush. The second runs to a cornfield and builds a house of cornstalks. The third runs to the desrt and builds a house of cactus. Then who should come along but Señor Lobo, the Big Bad Wolf, who plans to blow their houses down!Valeria Docampo’s oil-and-pencil illustrations add zest and humor to this rollicking southwestern version of a popular tale.

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Tía Lupe and Tío José and their taquería in Texas are back, and this time Tía Lupe is making her famous tamales in this “Three Little Pigs” takeoff. The three tamales are encouraged to run for their lives by a runaway tortilla rolling by. Since the little tamales do not want to be eaten, they flee and seek safer places to live. The first tamale runs to a prairie where she builds a casita out of sagebrush. The second tamale builds his casita out of cornstalks. The third tamale finds herself in the desert where she builds a casita out of a cactus with prickly thorns. All is well with the tamales until Señor Lobo, the Big Bad Wolf, comes calling at their doorsteps, threatening to blow their casitas from “here to Laredo.” Docampo’s oil-on-paper illustrations add dimension to the story and bring the three little tamales to life. An excellent addition to collections of fairy-tale retellings. Grades K-3. --Shauna Yusko

About the Author

Author Eric A. Kimmel is well known for the tales he has retold from around the world. Some of his best-known titles are Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (a Caldecott Honor book), Gershon’s Monster, Anansi and the Talking Melon, and The Runaway Tortilla. A former professor of children’s literature, he lives in Portland, Oregon.

Valeria Docampo is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires with a degree in graphic design and visual communication. In 2008, she was one of thirty Argentinian artists whose work was exhibited at the international Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

Product Details

  • File Size: 8216 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (April 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SX064C
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,507 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A classic tale updated for young desert dwellers April 15, 2013
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Jewish author Eric Kimmel has a soft spot for southwestern-inspired takeoffs of classic fairy tales. Here he spices up The Three Little Pigs.

=== I'll huff and I'll puff
=== like a Texas tornado
=== and blow your casita
=== from here to Laredo!

Argentinian artist Valeria Docampo (The Library Pages), is ready to mark her mark on the American market. Her winsome illustrations, rendered in oil, make this story. Señor Lobo here seems very much inspired by Wile E. Coyote, while I prefer the Big Bad Wolf characterization from Little Red Hot.

Perhaps this retelling is not quite as original in its unoriginality as some of Kimmel's other efforts. My favorite "Three Little Pigs" is still The True Story of the Three Little Pigs from fractured fairly tale king Jon Scieszka.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fairy Tale Re Told May 2, 2013
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This well-written (by Eric A. Kimmel) and well-illustrated (by Valeria Docampo) parody of the traditional Three Little Pigs who each build houses under threat of destruction by the Big Bad Wolf this time around the `Three' are replaced by Three Little Tamales born in the Texas taqueria owned by Tia Lupe and Tio José. Prompted by an escaping tortilla who informs the little tamales they will be eaten unless they escape, the Three Little Tamales leave. One by one they decide where they want to live - in the sagebrush, in a cornfield and in a cactus patch. They each build casitas of the surrounding materials and when Señor Lobo, the Big Bad Wolf, approaches he is able to blow away the sagebrush house, the cornstalk house, but not the cactus house - in which the three little tamales have gathered for protections. When Señor Lobo climbs down the chimney he lands in the pot the Little Tamales have set for him and he escapes being made into a lobo tamale and the friends of the Three Little Tamales have a fiesta.

Not only is the story fun to read and exceptionally well designed and presented, but this is a chance to provide cultural exchanges for children at the highest and most accessible level! Very well done. Grady Harp, May 13
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Reader's Theater Book May 11, 2013
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This story is based on the story of the three little pigs. The tamales do not want to be eaten so they run away. One builds a home in the sagebrush, one in the cornfield, and one in the cactus. Senor Lobo, the wolf huffs and puffs like a Texas tornado and threatened to blow the casitas to Laredo.

A picture book needs to be fun to read so that children will want to re-read it. This language in this book is part prose and part poetry. There is a glossary at the front to help pronounce the Spanish words.

The illustration in pictures books should match the text. The illustrator Valeria Decampo has created multicolored pictures of scenes that help the reader visualize the story. Even the end pages have cactus drawings. This book has pictures that children will want to copy and make stories of their own.

I can see so many uses for this picture book. First just to enjoy reading the story, second it would make a great reader's theater. If you are a teacher with a fairy tale thematic unit or stories with a Texas theme or Mexican heritage unit, then you need this book. There are a few references to Laredo and a Texas tornado, but other than that this book could be in any state where there is corn or sagebrush.

I like this book so much that I will be looking for Eric Kimmel's other book about the runaway tortilla.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Spark? May 28, 2013
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This isn't my favorite of the author's retellings. While I'd consider myself a fan of the author, this one just didn't live up to my expectations.

As usual, the illustrations are really cute. The Three Little Tamales are adorable and Señor Lobo is perfect. Unfortunately, the story is just The Three Little Pigs. I kept waiting for something different that would set it apart, but there really wasn't anything. Replace the pigs with tamales. Replace the materials used for the houses with materials available in the Southwest and that's about it.

I appreciate the integration of Southwest and Latino culture/language into the story and the little repeated poem in the book was cute, but there were no surprises for the resident five-year-old (or her mom).

Still a cute book, but missing that spark that I'm used to from the author!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Three Little Tamales October 29, 2009
My five year old son loves this book. He loves to repeat the dialogue between the wolf and the funny. And it is a great book to read aloud to your children 'cause you can make the characters have more son is rolling by the time we finish this book each night. Nice way to end the day -laughing together :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Clever Retelling May 22, 2013
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The Three Little Tamales is a Latin flavored spin on the classic, The Three Little Pigs. You'll find some Spanish words and phrases artfully woven into a story (written mostly in English) that is so clever...Author Eric A. Kimmel manages to write an engaging and distinctive retelling with so many new elements-it actually feels more like an original rather than a "new skin" on an old tale.

The illustrations are skillfully used to capture a bright and colorful Texas. Valeria Docampo does an excellent job depicting Kimmel's characters with plenty of personality. We worried and rejoiced along with the tamales and even felt sorry at times for the menacing wolf who met his match.

One of my favorite parts of the book is reading about where the first and second tamales initially choose to live. The story is perfectly paired with a vivid landscape that is so beautifully dreamy...

The overall tone of this book is cheerful-even when faced with difficulties, you always feel the great affection that the tamales have for each other. There is no hint of competition between them. In fact, when you see an illustration set inside the first tamale's home, the only picture that is hung is a group portrait of the three tamales standing close together, smiling. There is a lot of cooperation among these three. Their determination does not diminish the love that they clearly have for each other.

Their friends are also yellowish tinted, "runaway tortillas" that look like big wavy smiley faces. This is a happy book with a great ending and gorgeous illustrations.

My ten year-old daughter LOVES this book as well-heartily recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Muy Bien!
My grandson has had us read this many, many, many times! Great re-write of 3 Little Pigs! Even a little Spanish woven in. Well worth the money!
Published 10 days ago by cathyogini
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 17 days ago by KC
5.0 out of 5 stars A Latin twist on a favorite children's book of the three little pigs
A Latin twist on a favorite children's book of the three little pigs; instead it's the three little tamales. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anellie
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Tamale!!!
This is really a cute book that takes its plot from my old favorite Three Little Pigs. I have enjoyed reading this one to young students along with the old favorite. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. Ervin
5.0 out of 5 stars Cutest book!
This book was so cute and clever, it really made us laugh! It's a fun twist on the three little pigs story.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me want to throw a fiesta!
This is one of the favorites in our line-up. It's got a few Spanish words, and a fun little rhyme that I've heard my son repeating. It's creative and fun.
Published 2 months ago by Karawat
5.0 out of 5 stars A Latino Take On An Old Favorite!
Another great take on the popular "Three Little....." series. This is a Latino version of that series and it's a great addition to my bi-lingual book collection in my... Read more
Published 2 months ago by KimPor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this is a very good book
Published 2 months ago by sugar bear
1.0 out of 5 stars the words were amazing until they disappeared
This was a fantastic kids book with excellent rhyme and meter, but after viewing three times the words all disappeared. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lee M. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great story, happy to find it!
Published 3 months ago by Christy R.
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