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THE TORTILLA FACTORY 2005C Paperback – April 15, 1998
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This simple prose poem describes, in broad strokes, how corn is harvested and made into tortillas while rough, warm-toned paintings set the scenes. All ages.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ages 6^-9. Using simple yet evocative language, Paulsen tells young readers how a corn seed eventually becomes a tortilla. "The black earth sleeps in winter . . .," but in the spring, it is worked by brown hands that plant the yellow seeds. Seeds become plants, and then the corn is ground into flour and sent to the tortilla factory. The flour disks come off the machine, are packaged, and eventually arrive in kitchens--" to be wrapped around juicy beans and eaten by white teeth, to fill a round stomach and give strength to the brown hands that work the black earth." This circular telling works nicely with the strong, attractive paintings that get texture from their linen surface. The simplicity of the text does raise a few questions, however. For instance, is the dough really kneaded by hand after it has been mixed by machinery? Although this may have select appeal, it's an interesting and attractive offering. Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Tortillas are made of corn, and that corn is grown in the soil with the care of the men and women that nurture it. The corn is also part of a chain of commerce that leads from the field to the factory to our tables.
Great book to share. Little ones will like the warm colors and images. Older children will be given something to think about.