YUM! MMMM! ¡QUÉ RICO! by Pat Mora

YUM! MMMM! ¡QUÉ RICO!

Americas’ Sproutings
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 7 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

Haiku celebrating the diversity of edible plants native to the Americas—blueberries, chocolate, prickly pears, pecans and more. Each spread includes an informative paragraph explaining the probable origin, history and some trivia for the plant described in the poem. (The word pecan, for example, comes from a French word meaning, “nut to be cracked on a rock.”) López’s vibrant, folklorish illustrations make the book a visual feast, but the haikus are uneven. Some (Chiles: “Dad bites green mouth-fire / laughs when tears fill his eyes, sighs / ‘Mmmm! This heat tastes good’ “) evoke the essence of their subject; others (Potato: Underground magic. / Peel brown bundle, mash, pile high. / Salt and pepper clouds) are just confusing. More interesting as social science than as poetry, but visually gorgeous. (Nonfiction/poetry. 7-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-58430-271-1
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Lee & Low
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2007




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