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THE THREE LITTLE TAMALES by Eric A. Kimmel

THE THREE LITTLE TAMALES

By Eric A. Kimmel (Author) , Valeria Docampo (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: March 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7614-5519-6
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

The traditional “Three Little Pigs” gets a southwestern flavor in Kimmel’s latest updated tale, a takeoff on his previous The Runaway Tortilla (2000), illustrated by Randy Cecil. Taking their cue from the aforementioned tortilla, three tamales from Tía Rosa’s restaurant also decide to make a break for it. Each builds a different type of casita: the first of sagebrush, the second of cornhusks, the third of cactus. When Señor Lobo makes his appearance, youngsters will have no doubt as to who he is: “I’ll huff and I’ll puff / like a Texas tornado / and blow your casita / from here to Laredo!” A glossary helps readers unfamiliar with Spanish, although most words are defined in context. Docampo’s oils are filled with southwestern colors and details. Her tamales each have a stereotyped personality all its own: the mustachioed macho brother, the pretty but not-too-bright sister and the smart sister who wears glasses. A flavorful addition to the folktale shelf that begs to be shared with a group. (Picture book. 4-8)