Trickster tale teaches too

January 9, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book by Yuyi Morales; published by Chronicle Books, San Francisco; 2003.

Learn to count to ten in two languages!  This Mexican folktale is told in brilliant folksy images and funny, tricky text.  Grandma Beetle is not ready to go with Senor Calavera—she’s getting ready to celebrate her birthday and is not ready for death.  In the illustrations we see how she wins the respect of Senor Calavera and the words tell the rest of the tale.

I would use this book at Halloween time and as a book to reinforce counting to ten—in two languages!  I also included it in a pathfinder about Mexico for fifth graders (as part of my practicum project).


Entry filed under: ABC or 1-2-3 Book, Multicultural Picture Book, Picture Book, Pura Belpre Award Winner (narrative or illustration). Tags: , , , , , .

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