GRANDPA'S MAGIC TORTILLA by Demetria Martínez

GRANDPA'S MAGIC TORTILLA

Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

On his New Mexican farm, Grandpa Luis makes some pretty special tortillas for his visiting grandchildren, especially when a slightly burnt one seems to show images of various animals. At first Benjamín sees a bear in the burnt part of the tortilla, but then Daniel says it’s a dolphin and, finally, when Alejandra looks, the image transforms into a coyote. Is it a magic tortilla? Or are the imaginations of the youngsters being egged on by a playful grandpa? Magical thinking runs throughout this lengthy, mostly dialogue-driven text; from speculation about the tortilla, it is transferred to creativity through the relation of dreams, reading and painting—this last in the form of a wagon full of apology pictures after a hungry little neighbor boy eats the enchanted tortilla. Soft, loose watercolors, often in full- or half-page spreads, warmly depict the family’s togetherness. Grandpa and Grandma both clearly adore their grandkids and encourage their imaginative play. Patient listeners can be encouraged to create their own images through the arts as an extension to this dual Spanish/English narrative that celebrates culture and childhood whimsy. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8263-4862-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Univ. of New Mexico
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2010




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