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PreSchool-Grade 3—Ana, six, impatiently observes that while she gets to mix the cornmeal to make Christmas tamales, "My sister Lidia is eight, so she gets to spread the dough on the corn husk leaves." She goes on to explain all of the things she will be able to do, "But when I am eight, Lidia will be ten. So she will get to fill and roll the tamales. I wish I was ten." The bilingual text, which stands out boldly on warm golden-colored paper, progresses in two-year increments until Ana cheerfully resolves she will open her own tamale factory when she is 18, and her older sister can come work for her. The Spanish translation is accurate, but the title is significantly different. The Spanish title, "Ana's Tamales," seems less awkward than the English and foreshadows nicely the sweet ending and the name of Ana's delivery truck. This is an upbeat multicultural family story with brilliantly colored artwork.—Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA
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"[This] charming story celebrates the satisfaction found in accomplishing a goal - no matter how big or small - and the trust new responsibility engenders. Young readers will delight in Zepeda's use of repetition and will giggle over the story's jocular ending." --Kirkus Reviews

"This is an involving look at what it means to earn responsibilities - with just a little soupcon of sibling rivalry thrown in. A lovely complement to Gary Soto's Too Many Tamales... Recommended for school and public libraries." --Criticas

"Los Tamales de Ana is a delightful story and combines the holiday tradition of making tamales as a family with the wishes of a little girl who can't wait to grow up." --SpanglishBaby
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 650 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Pinata Books; Bilingual edition (May 31, 2008)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 1558854932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558854932
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Brogger on January 10, 2014
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I am a native English speaker and speak Spanish fluently. I am a licensed foster parent and am trying to build a collection of books that feature different cultures and children that aren't pale white with blonde hair. This book exceeded my expectations. Welcoming drawings, good translations clearly visible on each page, and a developing story utilizing a variety of basic vocabulary... perfect for my home! Currently I have a 15-year-old learning to read. The story was not too babyish, yet not too difficult for her to sound words out in Spanish (and see the English above... she's learning both at once). I would absolutely recommend this book to others.
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"Growing up with Tamales," Gwendolyn Zepeda's first children's book is a joy to read and to look at. I've read it to my seven year old daughter twice and my son has heard it once. The only reason he didn't hear it the first time was because he was already asleep. They both love it! So much so, that my daughter asked to hear it again the next night.

The illustrations by April Ward are beautifully done and they really capture the feeling of Gwen's (and Ana's) words. As an adult, it made me feel nostalgic for simpler times when our life was ahead of us like a big easel waiting for us to throw our paint on it. Gwendolyn Zepeda makes her hometown of Houston proud. [...]
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I have been following Gwendolyn Zepeda's writing for quite a number of years and ordered her new book, Growing Up with Tamales, as soon as it became available on Amazon. The five month wait was worth it!

I ordered a second copy for my niece who teaches a dual language kindergarten classroom because finding such wonderful books to teach with is difficult. I'm sure Growing Up with Tamales will become a favorite at Sheldon ISD as it has in my home.
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Excellent! I read this book to more than 70 elementary students (preschool through 6th grade - many with language and reading weaknesses. My students were glued to the story and beautiful illustrations! Written in both English and Spanish, this book is a great way to bring culture to the classroom. It also serves as a learning tool to help children think about their own goals and desires.
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By Moondance on February 10, 2009
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Very good book. My children grew up making tamales with their grandmother Kika. Sadly she is no longer with us. This book helps my grandchildren learn more about their culture and their family.
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