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The Three Little Tamales Hardcover – March 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1st - 3rd
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761455191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761455196
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 12 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Customer Reviews

My kids loved this funny little three pigs tale with the tamales!
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Author, Eric A Kimmel, skillfully incorporates Spanish words into the story in a way that is fully understandable, while being entirely entertaining and educational.
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Señor Lobo exclaimed, "I'll huff and I'll puff / like a Texas tornado / and blow your casita / from here to Laredo!"
D. Fowler

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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 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason Kirkfield VINE VOICE on 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 By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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 By Ellie VINE VOICE on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By m.j. joyce on October 29, 2009
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My five year old son loves this book. He loves to repeat the dialogue between the wolf and the tamales...so funny. And it is a great book to read aloud to your children 'cause you can make the characters have more personality...my son is rolling by the time we finish this book each night. Nice way to end the day -laughing together :)
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Eric A. Kimmell's THE THREE LITTLE TAMALES receives Valeria Docampo's engaging drawings as it tells of three little tamales that cool off on a windowsill when a wise tortilla rolls by with a message of doom. The fleeing tamales encounter Senor Lobo in a hilarious take-off on the traditional Pigs classic. An excellent addition to any picturebook collection.
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