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Mice And Beans by Pam Munoz Ryan

Mice And Beans (edition 2005)

by Pam Munoz Ryan, Joe Cepeda (Illustrator)

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Title:Mice And Beans
Authors:Pam Munoz Ryan
Other authors:Joe Cepeda (Illustrator)
Info:Scholastic Paperbacks (2005), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:Class review, Your library
Tags:chicano, mexican american, latinos, spanish, bilingual, spanglish, dichos, mexican cooking, families

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Mice and Beans by Pam Muñoz Ryan



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I would use this book for ages kindergarten-3rd grade. This book is the story of a grandma who goes through different struggles to make rice and beans for her granddaughter's birthday. She soon finds out that there are other guests in her kitchen. This book would be great to use for a lesson on culture. To extend this lesson, the educator can bring in rice and beans for the students to try. I would use this book for a lesson on culture to educate my students about different diversities. ( )
  pwalke10 | May 1, 2017 |
This book would be great for diversity education. It introduces the importance of family, food, and a fullness of love and heart in the Spanish culture. This book is fun and would entertain children easily. The mice are captivating and keeps you wondering about their mischief the whole way through.
  AshleyTimonen | Feb 19, 2017 |
This book is about a grandmother who spends all week preparing for her granddaughter’s birthday party. Each day she did part of the preparation for the party but each day items keep disappearing. These items were disappearing after she set mousetraps every night because she did not want the mouse to ruin her granddaughter birthday party. The central message of the story is everyone needs love and care. ( )
  jwedderburn | Feb 16, 2017 |
Read for: Weekly Lesson 6: Multiculturalism and Diversity in Literature discussion.
  Viona1987 | Nov 28, 2016 |
This book has quickly become a favorite in my family. This was a happy find!

Rosa Maria is planning a birthday party for her granddaughter, Catalina. The story takes you through the days of the week as she plans and prepares for the party. Rosa Maria attends to every little detail, but is a bit forgetful and some things get by her. In fact, she forgets one big important thing on her to-do list that threatens to ruin Catalina’s birthday party. However, she had a little help from some friends—the mice living in her house! At first she believed that “When there’s room in the heart, there’s room in the house, except for a mouse.” But by the end of the book she realizes that she remembered her mother’s words of wisdom incorrectly. It should have been “When there’s room in the heart, there’s room in the house, EVEN for a mouse.” The mice help her by filling the piñata with the dulces when she forgets, thus saving the party. Rosa Maria figures it out and is thankful for the help.

This is a wonderful story about opening up your heart and home and creating an unlikely alliance. I think this book works best with small children to learn the lesson of how to be helpful and gracious. It also gives small children a little mystery along the way because the pictures tell more of the story than the words. So children would have to look at the pictures to see what more is happening to put the story together. Children definitely get more from this story the more times it is read and looked at.
  WeaverJ | Nov 30, 2015 |
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"When there's room in the heart, there's room in the house, except for a mouse." Those are the words that Rosa María remembers (an old saying from her mother) as she's preparing for the birthday of Little Catalina, her soon-to-be 7-year-old granddaughter. She's hoping to squeeze the entire family into her tiny casita for a fiesta with enchiladas, rice and beans ("no dinner was complete without rice and beans!"), birthday cake, a brand-new swing set, and even a piñata packed with candy.

But in the week before the party, there's so much to keep track of ("I am so busy that I'm forgetting to remember!") that she's just not sure she'll have everything ready. And to top it off, she keeps forgetting to set mousetraps for all the ratones scurrying around her home... or does she? She might not know it yet, but Rosa María lives with some pretty clever mice.

Illustrator Joe Cepeda's forgetful abuelita is a riot as she preps for the party, with her giant red glasses and braided blonde hair like a loaf of bread. Those frisky little rodents also manage to put on quite a show scrabbling around the vibrantly colored casita. Pam Muñoz Ryan's expert timing, rhythmic repetition, and skillfully sprinkled Spanish (with pronunciation glossary in the back) keep the story moving muy rápido, and the party--of course--turns out wonderfully, but with at least one good surprise. Maybe Rosa María misheard her mother's saying about those mice after all. (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes

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In this rhythmic cumulative tale Rosa Maria spends the week getting ready for her granddaughter's birthday party and trying to avoid attracting mice--unaware that the mice in her walls are preparing for a party of their own.

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