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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 Munoz Ryan



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I absolutely love this book! I actually used it as a read aloud for my placement in a 2nd grade classroom and the kids loved it! Within this book, there are a few Spanish words and phrases that are mixed into the English text. I think that the inclusion of these words is extremely important and significant because it allows the students to hear another language alongside their native language of English. Also, it allows them to work on their inference and context clue skills because they can use the surrounding text to make inferences of what the Spanish phrase or word means! However, if in case the students don’t quite comprehend the word based on those skills it is always imperative to know what the words and phrases mean (as the teacher)! In addition to knowing what the Spanish words and phrases mean, the teacher should try their best to pronounce them as best as they can! From my personal experience, I tried my best to speak the Spanish words and phrases while doing the read-aloud and all of the students genuinely liked the book and how they could learn some words in a new language! And if you happen to mispronounce a few of the words or phrases, a 2nd grader who happens to be a fluent Spanish speaker can help you out!
Another reason why I really enjoyed this book is the illustrations and organization of the text. The vibrant colors along with the textures of the characters and setting really allow the reader/audience to become interested and involved in the story. The bolded words within the text also keep the reader/audience engaged with the storyline because the teacher (during a read aloud) can put more emphasis on those words as well as ask questions to the reader/audience. Overall, I really loved this book and I definitely plan on using it once I have my own classroom! ( )
  srogel1 | Mar 23, 2015 |
A precious story about a grandmother getting ready for her granddaughter's birthday party and overcoming her fears of mice. ( )
  jlaurendine | Feb 3, 2015 |
Great book to bring Latino culture into the classroom. Can be used to teach about different cultures and customs and vocabulary in Spanish as well.
  hugo.johnson | Aug 13, 2014 |
Rosa Maria loves to cook meals for her family and begins planning for her granddaughter's upcoming birthday party in one week. Sunday, she plans the menu, orders the gift, and sets a mousetrap before she goes to bed. Monday, she does the laundry, but finds a napkin missing. She sets another mousetrap before bed. Tuesday she goes to market and orders the cake. She sets another mousetrap before bed. Wednesday, she prepares the enchiladas, notices some piñata feathers are missing, and sets another mousetrap before bed. Thursday, she simmers the beans and sets another mousetrap. Friday she picks up the cake and candles but now her bolsa is missing. She sets another mousetrap before bed. Saturday, she cooks the rice, sets the table, makes lemonade, but finds a candle missing. Her family arrives, eat all the wonderful food and cake, open the gifts, and ran to the piñata. As the children swing at it, Rosa Maria remembers that she never filled the piñata, but somehow it has been filled with candy. She figures she did it without remembering. As Rosa Maria cleans up after the party, she finds signs of mice, and realizes they had filled the piñata for her. She leaves leftovers out for her helpful mice and they enjoy a fiesta of their own in their mouse hole.
  joycecafe | Aug 13, 2014 |
I really liked this book for the storyline and the writing. I realized after reading this book that the author is the same author who wrote Esperanza Rising. The writing in this book was in English and Spanish. The sentences had words or phrases in Spanish. For example, “Que boba soy! Silly me, I must have forgotten again!” the words and phrases, when set into context made sense, even to someone who doesn’t know Spanish. There is also a glossary of the terms in the back of the book as well as a recipe for the Rice and Beans she was making in the story. Also throughout the book there were a few phrases and thoughts that were repeated multiple times. This helped the progression of the book and made it interesting. The storyline was also really good in this book. It went through the days of the week leading up to the party on each page. It showed the progression of events and helped with the repeating phrases. The main idea of this story is family and the importance of finding new friends in unlikely situations. ( )
  tsmith44 | May 11, 2014 |
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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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