Just One Itsy Bitsy Little Bite = Solo una mordidita chiquitita
Just One Itsy Bitsy Little Bite = Solo una mordidita chiquitita
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Annotation: Just as Joaquin and his mother are about to enjoy their pan de muerto on the Day of the Dead, a skeleton arrives, offering to play music in exchange for one tiny bite.
Catalog Number: #171252
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: De Vita, Flor,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-558-85872-5
ISBN 13: 978-1-558-85872-5
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018008425
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
Kirkus Reviews
Joaquín and his mother are about to eat some freshly baked pan de muerto when a knock on the door interrupts them. A hungry-looking skeleton in a mariachi outfit is willing to exchange a song for a bite of their Day of the Dead bread. After some misgivings, the boy and his mother sit back to enjoy the song—but they've forgotten the gaping door. Two more skeletons with accordions stroll in, then three guitarists, and soon the tabletop is covered with 15 performing skeletons eager for a taste of the special treat. When the satisfied skeletal guests wave goodbye, not a single crumb is left. Undaunted, Mom removes two more loaves from the oven and Joaquín quickly shuts the door. Garza's Day of the Dead celebration needlessly bogs down once the quickly multiplying skeletons start appearing. The refrain, "just one itsy bitsy little bite," is repeated three times (with slight variation) on each page and always is followed by Mom's halfhearted rejoinder, "That sounds fair." An additional distraction is the culturally incongruous substitution of Spanish flamenco dancers for Mexican folklórico dancers among the bony party crashers. De Vita's stiff watercolor scenes are framed by colorful borders, and the English and Spanish texts are separated by a line of whimsical images. The effectiveness of this bilingual counting book is further marred by its failure to highlight numbers within the text and the absence of any corresponding numerals.Give this one a miss. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3

"I love pan de muerto," Joaquín says as he and his mother sit down to eat the special Mexican sweet bread prepared especially for the Day of the Dead. But someone knocks at the door just as they are about to take the first bite of the pastry.Standing at the door is a hungry skeleton dressed in a mariachi suit who offers to sing Joaquín and his mother a song in exchange for just one itsy bitsy little bite of the sweet bread. It seems like a fair exchange, so they agree to share. But before the skeleton can begin singing, two more knock at the door and offer to play their accordions for just one bite of the bread. And then, three show up and want to play their guitars, four want to play their maracas and five want to dance-all for just one itsy bitsy little bite of the Mexican sweet bread!Award-winning children's book author Xavier Garza collaborates with illustrator Flor de Vita to create an engaging introduction to numbers and the Mexican cultural traditions of the Day of the Dead, mariachi music and sweet bread. Children ages 4-8 will want to pair this entertaining book with their favorite pan dulce!

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