Salsa: un poema para cocinar = A cooking poem
Salsa: un poema para cocinar = A cooking poem
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Annotation: In a poem about making salsa, a young boy and his sister gather the ingredients and grind them up in a molcajete, just like their ancestors used to do, singing and dancing all the while.
Catalog Number: #108812
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Publisher: Groundwood Books
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Illustrator: Tonatiuh, Duncan,
Pages: 32
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ISBN: Publisher: 1-554-98442-4 Perma-Bound: 0-605-90427-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-554-98442-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-90427-9
Dewey: 861
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
ALA Booklist
This poem invites readers to participate in the preparation of a popular dish through history and dance. We learn first that salsa originated with the ancient Nahua, Maya, and Aztec peoples, who ground the ingredients together in a molcajete made of volcanic rock. While the family chooses and cleans los tomates y los chiles, the other salsa e dance gins. Soon we do not know which inspired which! Illustrations unite past and present, offering vivid depictions of contemporary life in the style of the ancient Mixtec codex. Written in Spanish and English, the poetic rhythms are stronger in the Spanish, though both are filled with onomatopoeia and musical imagery, as "garlic trumpets" and literal flavor notes are stirred together with a "saxophone spoon." Information heavy, this poem is useful for lessons on art and culture. Discerning readers will be able to look beyond the stereotypical association of Latino culture with music and spicy food and appreciate the bigger message: the timelessness of beloved traditions.
School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 1&11;3&12; A boy and his sister make the spicy sauce with the help of family members in the latest entry from Argueta's "Bilingual Cooking Poems" (Groundwood). The characters make salsa while dancing to salsa&12;the pan-Latin American musical genre. This lyrical, bilingual text (from Spanish to English) features an easy-to-follow recipe. The extended poem celebrates cooking as a family and cultural event, hearkening back to the Nahua, Aztec, and Maya traditions of using a molcajete (small black bowl) to grind ingredients to make the tasty treat. A symbol denotes tasks that require adult supervision and help. A suggestion for composting leftover materials is tied to fostering a relationship with Mother Nature. Complementing the heartwarming text are Tonatiuh's pre-Columbian, Mixtec-inspired illustrations. The earthy tones, onomatopoeic word art, and borders peppered with pertinent images, such as tomatoes; limes; and musical notes, work together to serve up a completely satisfying offering. VERDICT A delectable work of art perfect for food-themed, bilingual, and D&7;a storytimes.&12; Shelley Diaz , School Library Journal
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Word Count: 704
Reading Level: 4.1
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.1 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 173361 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.4 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q66042
Lexile: AD610L

In this new cooking poem, Jorge Argueta brings us a fun and easy recipe for a yummy salsa. A young boy and his sister gather the ingredients and grind them up in a molcajete, just like their ancestors used to do, singing and dancing all the while. The children imagine that their ingredients are different parts of an orchestra -- the tomatoes are bongos and kettledrums, the onion, a maraca, the cloves of garlic, trumpets and the cilantro, the conductor. They chop and then grind these ingredients in the molcajete, along with red chili peppers for the "hotness" that is so delicious, finally adding a squeeze of lime and a sprinkle of salt. When they are finished, their mother warms tortillas and their father lays out plates, as the whole family, including the cat and dog, dance salsa in mouth-watering anticipation. Winner of the International Latino Book Award for Guacamole , Jorge Argueta's text is complemented by the rich, earthy illustrations of Duncan Tonatiuh, winner of the Pura Belpre Award. His interest in honoring the art of the past in contemporary contexts is evident in these wonderful illustrations, which evoke the pre-Columbian Mixtec codex.

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