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YUM! MMMM! ¡QUÉ RICO! by Pat Mora


Americas’ Sproutings

by Pat Mora & illustrated by Rafael López

Age Range: 7 - 12

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-58430-271-1
Publisher: Lee & Low

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)