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The Three Little Tamales by [Kimmel, Eric A., Docampo, Valeria]
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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: 8216 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (April 10, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 10, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SX064C
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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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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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Another great take on the popular "Three Little....." series. This is a Latino version of that series and it's a great addition to my bi-lingual book collection in my preschool classroom. ALL of my children love it! I found it in the public library and my 4s/5s loved it so much that I just ordered one for myself! We all love it! I have teachers borrowing it to read to their children. Our school cook is Latino and after reading it to the children, she made tamales with us. Pretty cool, huh?
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I've always enjoyed the story of the three little pigs. This new take on it had me smiling all the way through. The pictures are delightful and make the story that much more fun to read. I love the inclusion of the tortillas too!
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This is a great fun book! Its not a traditional story but it is a version of The Three Little Pigs set in Texas near Mexico. Kids will really enjoy it; the connection to the traditional story is close enough that they can predict what will happen, but different enough that they will giggle at the changes and enjoy it. Another fun part is how Kimmel integrated the setting into the story; the horses are built from things you would find in Texas (ending with a house made of spiny cactus), and it also integrates some Spanish words. The words are occasional and are defined in the story as well as in a short glossary, but students, especially bilingual students, will really enjoy it. I teach 1st grade at a school with a huge Hispanic population, and they loved hearing me 'struggle' with the Spanish words that they could help me with. Of course, it wasn't just Spanish speakers - it includes words like 'Hola', 'Vamanos' and 'Fiesta' that many children, especially those who watch Dora, will know. Overall, a fun book for use in the classroom (Venn diagram anyone?) or at home.
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"The Three Little Tamales" is the story of the "Three Little Pigs," with a south-Texas flavor and twist. The classic story is changed around to relate the story of three tamale siblings. The story is cute, but it is elevated to another level through the inclusion of Spanish words. The story changes back and forth between English and Spanish quite effortlessly, just as many south-Texas natives can. A glossary of Spanish terms is included at the beginning of the story. I love the beautiful and colorful drawings that help tell the story, too. Animated tamales! What a hoot! :)

The only negative thing noticeable about this book is that the print is too small to read without straining your eyes. Since there isn't any way to enlarge the text, and I downloaded it to read on my Kindle, I've knocked a star off the rating.
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A Latin twist on a favorite children's book of the three little pigs; instead it's the three little tamales. My son loves this book, it's in English with few words in Spanish sprinkled here and there.
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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. On the iPadmini retina display it still felt a little small for reading. Recognizing the limitations of adapting an in-print book it fairs well.

Its a nice adaptation of the wolf and three pigs wonderfully written. My kids love it.
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