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The Three Little Tamales [Kindle Edition]

Eric A. Kimmel , Valeria Docampo
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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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: 7959 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: #49,041 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Tio José and Tia Lupe "owned a taqueria, a little restaurant" where they made the most delicious tortillas and tamales north of Mexico. Men in sombreros just loved the smell of them in the air and piled into the taqueria to eat them all up. Yum! There was one little problem though and that was the fact that the tortilla was going on the run because no way he wanted to be eaten up. The three little tamales agreed with him and they all "decided to run away together." Hop! Out the window they went and they ran as fast as they could down the road.

The three little tamales ran until they each found a place to build their little casitas. The first one built hers in the sagebrush on the prairie, the second build his out of cornstalks and the third build hers out of a cactus. All was well until the first little tamale spotted Señor Lobo, the Big Bad Wolf, outside her window. He wanted to come in, but no way would she agree to that one. Señor Lobo exclaimed, "I'll huff and I'll puff / like a Texas tornado / and blow your casita / from here to Laredo!" And he did just that. The second little tamale's cornstalk house met the same fate. How could they stop Señor Lobo from destroying all their casitas?

This is a spicy little retold fairy tale of "The Three Little Pigs," Texas style. I've always enjoyed Eric A. Kimmel's unique retold tales and this one is no different. The little tamales simply didn't plan on being eaten up and they thought their troubles were over until Señor Lobo showed up on the scene. He has that bad-boy image and, aside from being a Tex-Mex lobo, is pretty much the same as The Big Bad Wolf.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Los Tamales Valen la pena April 10, 2013
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This is our second book by this author/illustrating pair, the first being The Three Cabritos. Our toddler son and our family have really enjoyed both. As with the Three Cabritos, the Three Little Tamales is a fresh take on the traditional tale it's telling; in this case, the three little pigs. Instead of building houses made of straw, wood and brick, the three little tamales build houses of corn, sagebrush and cactus. The rhymes are clever, the artwork is detailed and enjoyable and the books are nice southwestern set fairy tales. Well worth the reading.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars the three little tamales
Awesome book to read to class!!! Last year 3rd graders enjoyed this book, can't wait to read it to my kids this year!
Published 1 month ago by ecantu
4.0 out of 5 stars funny variant of 3 little pigs
My 6 year old daughter enjoyed this knock-off of the three little pigs.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A South Texas classic!
A very enjoyable and entertaining South Texas version of the Three Little Pigs. Delightfully illustrated! We love it; moreover our grandchildren love it!
Published 2 months ago by Robert Kemple
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for kids..
Good book for the kids... They l;iked it.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cute
This was the first book I read to my baby and she was all smiles. This was the three little pig with a Texas twist.
Published 3 months ago by karrie arredondo
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
What a great story my kids love it! Quick shipping and a great price. It is a hilarious book, I recommend it to everyone.
Published 3 months ago by Joseph E. Filstrup
5.0 out of 5 stars The Three Little...
Being from Arizona this book is fun! Now I live in the south and my Grandkids absolutely love this book...and they don't know what half of the things are... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Maryanne Urey
2.0 out of 5 stars 3 little pigs
It's basically the 3 little pigs story It is cute but I wish it was more of an original story
Published 4 months ago by Julie
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice story, a tiny bit hard to read
The translation to an ebook (this is the first I've purchased of a kids picture book) was fairly good. The text was small and to compensate a tap on the section enlarges it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Grant Bloedow
2.0 out of 5 stars Can't see the print
I can't recommend this book to anyone because I can't even read it myself. The print is just too small to see on my Kindle. It was a waste for me to purchase this one.
Published 4 months ago by Ellen Larson
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