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The Runaway Tortilla Hardcover – September 30, 2000

4.3 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Kindergarten-Grade 2-A story about a woman and a man and a piece of bread that comes to life and runs away. T'a Lupe and T'o Jos? own a taquer'a in Texas down on the Rio Grande. The secret to their success is their tortillas-so light that if they were any lighter, "Some day they-[might] up and run away!" To their surprise, this is just what happens. The foolish tortilla is so cocky she could almost strut, but since she's round, she can only roll. She rolls away from the couple, two horned toads, three donkeys, four jackrabbits, five rattlesnakes, and six buckaroos, singing all the while, "Run as fast as fast can be. You won't get a bite of me." She is finally tricked and eaten by Se-or Coyote, who takes advantage of her fatuous egotism. The primitive oil paintings feature a palette of sunset colors, a rotund T'a and T'o, and a lipsticked, scowling tortilla. The apt endpapers sport sacks of flour, rolling pins, salt shakers, oil, and skillets. Kimmel's saucy story joins a swarm of similar, albeit popular, retellings of traditional tales with a Southwestern setting.
Ruth Semrau, Upshur County Public Library, Gilmer, TX
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 420L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Winslow Press; 1st edition (September 30, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189081718X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890817183
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 12 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,531,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This story is a cute variation of The Gingerbread Man with a Spanish twist. My students enjoy reading the story and comparing it to The Gingerbread Man. My only problem with this book is the use of the traditional name for a donkey. It makes it hard to share with children because they don't understand that that word has another meaning. I wish the author had just used "donkey". Cute illustrations too!
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As a Pre-K teacher in Texas this story is a favorite in my classroom every year during our Gingerbread unit. We read different versions of the Gingerbread story and compare and contrast them. After reading The Runaway Tortilla we eat real tortillas, my students usually like those far more than Gingerbread :)
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Amazon always has the best selection of multi-cultural books for all occasions. My students have really enjoyed learning about different cultures the through fun books like this! You can't beat the prices either!
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This is arguably my Pre-K students' favorite book out of our entire gingerbread-man-spinoff unit. They continue to talk about this story and compare it to others we read, weeks after we are finished. After we read the story we make tortillas (really easy with a griddle and a few ingredients) and it's just a really good time. The book can also be used as a counting story because different numbers of "chasers" pursue the tortilla. What a great read from one of my favorite authors.
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I teach preschoolers and really wanted to add this book to my collection of "Gingerbread/Man" variations. Unfortunately, I just can't edit the word "jackasses" and risk principal and/or parent reprimands. Or worse yet, removal of my duties. I wish the author would reprint with the word, "donkeys".
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By kbooks on October 6, 2010
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This book could've been good - but for my purposes of supplying books to classrooms, it does not work because of the use of the word "jackasses". It's also much too long for young students.
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