Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred

The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden StirredThe Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred by Samantha R. Vamos
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reading The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred to children is a delicious way to teach Spanish vocabulary, Spanish culture, and order of events in a story.

A Cazuela is a large terra-cotta pot used for cooking soups, stews, and casseroles. It is also the term used for the meals you cook inside of it. The Farm Maiden (campesina), the farmer (campesino) and all of the farm animals take part in preparing the food in the Cazuela. Each character and ingredient is first introduced in English and then repeated in Spanish. The cazuela in this story is making a delicious, traditional Spanish dessert, Arroz Con Leche (rice with milk). There is even an Arroz Con Leche recipe at the end of the story!

Filled with colorful adjectives and easy prose, Vamos tells a lovely story that children of any culture can enjoy. There is a glossary at the end of the book which can help non-Spanish speakers with the pronunciation of words. The illustrations by Rafael Lopez are warm, vivid and engaging.

Teacher-Librarians- be sure to use the Discussion and Activity Guide  provided on Samantha Vamos' website  when you teach this story!

What an excellent cultural resource for any library collection!

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