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Too Many Tamales (edition 1996)

by Gary Soto

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Title:Too Many Tamales
Authors:Gary Soto
Info:Puffin (1996), Paperback, 32 pages
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Tags:multicultural lit, holidays, family, interaction

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Maria really likes her mother's ring and the way it sparkles on her hand. It wouldn't hurt to wear it for just a second, right? Maybe not when making tamales. This story tells how Maria attempts to get herself out of trouble when she accidentally loses her mothers ring...in the tamales! Readers of all ages will enjoy this story of truth and forgiveness. This story would also be beneficial when working with English Language Learners because of the familiar traditions and customs discussed. All students will benefit from the lesson of telling the truth and earning forgiveness. ( )
  Cayetlin_Hardeman | Apr 27, 2017 |
What would you do if you tried on your mother's ring and it fell into the food you were preparing for Christmas? This story is about Maria losing her mother's diamond ring. She believes it is inside a tamale which they were preparing for their traditional holiday dinner. Once Maria realizes that she has lost the ring, she and her cousins decide to eat their way to find her mother's ring. Will they be able to eat their way through the 24 tamales to find the diamond ring? They ate all 24 yet were unsuccessful. Maria realizes she must tell her mother the truth. As she gets the courage and approaches her mothers, she sees the ring on her hand. Although the truth is out and the mother forgives Maria, they must make another batch of tamales. This is a wonderful story about tradition, fessing up to a mistake, and a family pulling together to make it all ok.

Resources: https://www.dcmp.org/guides/TID7596.pdf
https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/too-many-tamales-discussion-guide/

This would be a great book to read around Christmas time to discuss the traditions of Mexico and the making of tamales for the holiday. ( )
  SraSpoer | Apr 18, 2017 |
This book could be used for ELLs because they can relate to the typical food which are tamales. In this story it talks about how moms ring gets lost in the corn flour and the children have to eat many tamales to see where the ring can be found. Age Range: 6 - 9 years
Grade Level: 1 - 4
  RosaJuarez | Apr 5, 2017 |
It's time for Christmas and Maria is excited to have her favorite cousins over for a special Christmas dinner feast of tamales. Her mother left the kitchen for a few minutes and Maria tried on her mom's diamond ring. Suddenly the ring is lost in a huge batch of tamales and Maria and her cousins try to eat the tamales until they can find the ring. This is a great tale of family working together to help solve a problem and shows good Christmas spirit. An activity would be to bring in tamales to have the kids try a food from another culture that they had never tried. Another activity would be to have the students draw a picture of their family's Christmas dinner. ( )
  chad.erickson | Mar 26, 2017 |
Maria helps her mother make tamales for her family's Christmas Eve dinner. When her mother leaves in the middle of the tamale making, Maria tries on her ring. Upon finishing up the tamales, Maria realizes she has lost her mother's ring. She decides that they must be in the tamales. Maria, with the help of her cousins, eats all of the tamales in search of the ring. When all hope is lost, Maria confesses this to her mother, who had the ring the whole time.

This book talks about honesty, and the importance of it. If Maria had been honest with her mother from the start, they would not have had to eventually make even more tamales.

Although honesty can certainly be taught with this book, it also includes culture. The food, the holiday, and family over are all Maria's traditions that are a part of her culture. This would be a great book to use to teach about how all cultures are unique and start discussion on what our personal traditions are.
  meygyn11 | Mar 20, 2017 |
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While preparing dough for her family's Christmas tamales, Maria discovers that she has lost her mother's prized diamond ring somewhere in the dough and sets out to eat her way through the many finished tamales to find the missing ring.
Maria tries on her mother's wedding ring while helping make tamales for a Christmas family get-together, but panic ensues when hours later, she realizes the ring is missing.
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Maria is feeling so grown-up, wearing her mother's apron and helping to knead the masa for the Christmas corn tamales. Her mother even let Maria wear some perfume and lipstick for the big family celebration that evening. When her mother takes off her diamond ring so it won't become coated with the messy masa, Maria decides that life would be perfect if she could wear the ring, too. Trouble begins when she sneakily slips the sparkly ring on her thumb and resumes her kneading. Uh oh. It is not until later that night, after all the tamales have been cooked and after all her cousins and relatives have arrived, that Maria suddenly realizes what must have happened to the precious ring. Ed Martinez's warm oil paintings celebrate the riches of South American Christmas colors--adobe reds, dusty gold, lacey whites, and rain-forest greens. Martinez also has a gift for capturing children's animated expressions, especially when Maria begs her cousins to help her find the missing ring by secretly eating the enormous stack of steaming tamales! Gary Soto's delightful Christmas-spirit closure will relieve young readers who empathize with the negligent Maria. Grown-ups, too, will appreciate this playful reminder about the virtues of forgiveness and family togetherness. (Ages 4 and older) --Gail Hudson

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Maria tries on her mother's wedding ring while helping make tamales for a Christmas family get-together. Panic ensues when hours later, she realizes the ring is missing.

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