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The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred

by Samantha R. Vamos

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The book is a rendition of the story "The House that Jack Built." The story goes through the steps and farm animals needed to make a traditional rice pudding, The book introduces a new ingredient and then continues to use the Spanish translation throughout the rest of the book. The Cazuela is a informative and fun way to introduce Spanish culture and food. ( )
  ChristineConrad | Feb 16, 2017 |
This book is a tribute to the classic nursery rhyme "The House that Jack Built". It describes the steps the maiden takes to make rice pudding. Repetition appears several times in the book; each time a line is repeated, one of the words is replaced in Spanish. I had to go back a lot to remind myself of what some of the Spanish words meant. Still, I thought this book was fun. I think this book would be great to use for a Spanish lesson. It would also appeal to ESL students. I like that there is a glossary for the Spanish words in case a student doesn't understand what some of the words mean. The illustrations were vibrant and beautiful and I loved the bouncy rhythm of the text. ( )
  Eayyad | Feb 8, 2017 |
I really liked this story because it introduced the topic of Spanish cooking and food in a non-traditional way. It showed how the animals all worked together to produce and make arroz con leche for a Spanish family. The book also has the recipe for arroz con leche at the end of the book, which is a popular food in Spanish culture. Children can read this book and then taste the food that was the main focus of the story, which is a fun and culturally engaging activity for them to do.
The book is written in English, but all of the words relating to food are in Spanish. This could help a Spanish child connect to the story and give them context clues to figure out the English words. It could also help English speaking students learn Spanish vocabulary relating to food while improving their fluency in reading English, since the majority of the story is written in their native language. There is also a glossary at the back of the book for English speaking students, so every Spanish word in the story has a clear definition to refer to. The illustrations fill every page entirely and there are a lot of vibrant colors. The people and animals in the pictures look very friendly and happy, which keeps children engaged. While there was no conflict or suspense in the plot, it was still an interesting book to read, especially for younger children. The repetition of phrases and the sequencing involved in explaining a recipe will help children improve their fluency skills, so overall this story provides many cultural and educational opportunities to students. ( )
  NicoleFrankel | Nov 1, 2016 |
Inspired by the well known "The House that Jack Built", this cumulative tale, tell us a fictional story of several real steps and many farm animal involved, in the making of the traditional desert from Latin America "Arroz con Leche" adding the key words in Spanish. The colorful illustrations painted in bright temperas by Rafael Lopez, represent the chain of what is happening in a very dynamic and entertaining fashion, portraying a life in the country side.
  eearly15 | Apr 2, 2016 |
Throughout the book, the reader learns about who is contributing to making a recipe that turns out to be rice pudding, or arroz con leche. Every time the author introduces another animal who brings a different ingredient, we learn the Spanish word for them on the following page. It makes this book really exciting to flip back and forth and try to remember the new words learned previously, since the story keeps building on itself. There is also a glossary in the back for quick references and a rice pudding recipe that would be fun to encourage kid's to try. This book would probably not be as exciting for students fluent in Spanish, since this book would be very easy to understand and they probably already know these words, while students who are not would be trying to keep track and figure them out. But it is still a way to read about a different culture and encourage student's to want to learn a different language. ( )
  NoelAbadie | Mar 1, 2016 |
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A cumulative tale of a farm maiden who, aided by a group of animals, prepares "Arroz con Leche," or rice pudding. Includes recipe and glossary of the Spanish words that are woven throughout the text.

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