Sopa de frijoles: un poema para cocinar = bean soup: a cooking poem
Sopa de frijoles: un poema para cocinar = bean soup: a cooking poem

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Annotation: A young boy, bored with his video games, decides to make a delicious pot of black bean soup.
Catalog Number: #44928
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Groundwood Books
Copyright Date: 2009
Edition Date: 2009
Illustrator: Yockteng, Rafael,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-88899-881-3 Perma-Bound: 0-605-44209-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-88899-881-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-44209-2
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Reinforcing the strong connection between cooking and poetry, Argueta combines the two in a bilingual free-verse recipe for "una sabrosa / sopita de frijoles," or "yummy / bean soup." Yockteng depicts a lad rising from his video game to gather ingredients, fling handfuls of beans into the air and into a pot, float through the kitchen on savory waves of scent, then sit down at last with his smiling family. Steps that require adult help or supervision are marked with an asterisk in the Spanish-over-English verses and (usually) with a hovering parent in the illustrations. Though the English is a bit plainer than the Spanish l fuego va a bailer / mientras los frijoles / se van ablandando / lentamente" is rendered "The fire will dance / while the beans / slowly get soft" th versions have an easy flow that positively bubbles with the young chef's elemental delight. "¡Ayyy qué sabor!"
Horn Book
This book takes a simple recipe, and through poetic metaphor, turns it into a celebration. Readers can actually make the soup by following the story (steps requiring adult assistance are marked); cheerful, cleanly composed illustrations interpret some of the stages. The Spanish and English versions of the text both use the magic of language to evoke the mystery of cooking.
Kirkus Reviews
This free-verse cooking poem is more than a simple recipe for bean soup. Argueta's lyrical Spanish translated into its counterpart English is filled with visual and aromatic imagery that turns soup-making into art. Describing ingredients such as water "whose caresses give us life," garlic cloves each "in a little white dress" and salt sprinkled "as though it were rain blossoming from your hand," Argueta's metaphorical instructions produce bean-filled water that doesn't just boil, but sings as it turns brown, "the color of mother Earth," making the house smell "like the earth after the first winter rains." Yockteng's parallel earthy-toned paintings oppose each new instructive page, illustrating an animated boy performing each step of the recipe until the inviting scent and warmth of the kitchen beckons a loving family to the table. Starred cues appropriately indicate adult help where needed in this eloquent rendering of a nutritious and delicious meal. (Picture book. 5-8)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 A bilingual free-verse poem that describes how to make bean soup. An asterisk indicates the parts that require adult participation. "Now it is/time to cut the onion.
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ALA Booklist (3/1/09)
Horn Book (8/1/09)
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Wilson's Children's Catalog
Word Count: 485
Reading Level: 3.3
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.3 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 129745 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:1.5 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q46633
Lexile: AD550L

For people who have left their homeland for a new country, comfort foods from home take on a huge emotional importance. This delightful poem teaches readers young and old how to make a heartwarming, tummy-filling black bean soup, from gathering the beans, onions, and garlic to taking little pebbles out of the beans to letting them simmer till the luscious smell indicates it s time for supper. Jorge Argueta s vivid poetic voice and Rafael Yockteng s vibrant illustrations make preparing this healthy and delicious Latino favorite an exciting, almost magical experience."


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