- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books; unknown edition (August 8, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0698114124
- ISBN-13: 978-0698114128
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 73 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Too Many Tamales Paperback – August 8, 1996
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About the Author
Born in Fresno, California to Mexican American parents, Gary Soto learned the hard work ethic through his share of chores, including mowing lawns, picking grapes, painting house numbers on street curbs, and washing cars. His hard work paid off at California State University at Fresno, from which he graduated with an English degree, and later at the University of California at Irvine, where he earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.
Gary Soto is an acclaimed poet, essayist, and fiction writer. The awards for this multi-talented author are many, ranging from the U.S. Award for International Poetry Forum in 1977 for his first published book of poetry, The Elements of San Joaquin, to a Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award in 1985 for Living Up the Street, his first published work of prose recollections. His short story collection Baseball in April, was named an American Library Association's Best Book for Young Adults. In 1993 Gary Soto received the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video for Pool Party, and in 1995 he was nominated for a National Book Award.
His other credits include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council. Gary Soto is also one of the youngest poets to appear in the Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry. Several of his books have been translated into French, Spanish and Italian.
Too Many Tamales was named a Booklist Books for Youth Editors' Choices of 1993. Hazel Rochman of Booklist said, "Gary Soto is an accomplished poet and adult writer, and his children's stories are widely popular. His first entry into the picture book genre is a joyful success."
When he is not writing, Mr. Soto serves as a volunteer English teacher at his church. He also enjoys eating at new restaurants, which he does often with his wife, Carolyn, and their daughter Mariko. Other members of the Soto household include their two cats, Corky and Sharkie. The Soto family resides in Berkeley, California.
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Excellent product - I was very satisfied with the seller of this book.
Poor Maria. SUCH a big girl - helping out, wearing lipstick, a dab of perfume... why not wear her mother's ring as well?
Why not? Because when you can't find it, you'd BETTER find it. And yes, she tries to find it in the only way possible. By eating every. single. tamale.
Even for a picture book, I refuse to spoil the ending. But the ring does (eventually) get found, and the family has a happy holiday regardless.
Story is set expertly in Christmas / winter environment. Drawings of characters make them accessible to impressionable 6 to 9 year olds. Both setting and main character's initial behaviors provide plausible, comprehensible justification for the main character's subsequent behavior. Author is wonderfully descriptive. Your children will SEE the precious ring rising and dipping back into the tamale dough, mirroring the blinking holiday lights spectacle that opens the book.
Subsequent events are all ones that your child can identify with as probable under the anxious circumstances that ensue when main character carries the mother-imitation too far.
A grabber for children of all ages, colors, faiths. Nice job Mr. Soto!
PS: when ordering the spanish version, check all product descriptions carefully to avoid getting the english version, and vice-ah versa