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The 101 Picture Book Challenge: The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred

Posted 2 months ago by Maria RT

Posted in 101 Picture Book Challenge, Children and Parenting and eBooks and Audiobooks | Tagged with fairy tales, folklore, picture books, spanish language books for children and stories in rhyme
The cazuela that the farm maiden stirred / Samantha R. Vamos ; illustrated by Rafael López

"The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred" by Samantha R. Vamos

“The CAZUELA the Farm Maiden Stirred” is a cumulative story imitating the format of the traditional nursery rhyme “The House that Jack Built.” It also reminds me of storyline in “The Little Red Hen” but with a twist. 

In "Cazuela," the animals eagerly collaborate and cooperate to cook ARROZ CON LECHE. The visual narrative of this CUENTO is very appealing to me. The stunning illustrations bring alive the vibrant colors of Rafael Lopez’s cultural heritage. The illustrations add humorous details to the story. Furthermore, I like how Samantha Vamos has moved on of embedding Spanish vocabulary randomly in the story. Her approach is to introduce first the term in English. In the next page, the term is substituted and capitalized in ESPAÑOL and subsequently repeated it in the cumulative tale. ARROZ CON LECHE is a very delicious sweet treat in the Latino Culture. Help yourself to a couple of servings to CELEBRATE Hispanic Heritage Month this year.

"The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred" written by Samantha R. Vamos and illustrated by Rafael López is available for checkout at your Library in the following formats: Book, eBook (hoopla or Overdrive) or Read-along Audiobook

If you like “The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred” you may also enjoy these other stories:

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Just a minute : a trickster tale and counting book / by Yuyi Morales

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"Maria Had a Little Llama = María Tenía una Llamita" by Angela Dominguez

Maria had a little llama = María tenía una llamita / Angela Dominguez

Everyone knows about Mary and her little lamb. But do you know Maria?

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What is the 101 Picture Book Challenge and How Do You Take It?

The 101 Picture Book Challenge is for anyone at any age. Librarians hand picked the titles on the list which includes classics, new titles and everything in between.

To get started, register online. You can track your progress online or if you prefer a paper log booklet, pick one up at your neighborhood Library. The books are organized into categories but you can read the books in any order and at your own pace. When you read all 101 titles, you earn a free picture book (while supplies last).

This is the latest in a series of blog posts exploring some of the things we love about these books.

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