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by Terri Fields & illustrated by Sherry Rogers

Pub Date: June 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-9768823-9-8
Publisher: Sylvan Dell

Those looking for a Southwestern or Mexican variant of The Little Red Hen will find it here. Burro, dressed in overalls and a chile-bedecked shirt, calls his friends to help him pick the corn to make tortillas: “Whinee aw ah aw. Mis amigos—vengan aquí.” Bobcat, coyote and jackrabbit in turn respond, “Yo no,” and add punning explanations. “I’ve really got to hop along,” says the jackrabbit. The silly illustrations are bland, but the corny text moves briskly. The main interest is in the cultural variation on the traditional story, and the demonstration of the process of making tortillas. An appendix contains information on corn, a recipe for tortillas and a Spanish-English vocabulary page with space to write (which could be a problem for libraries, although instructions for downloading the worksheets are also included). “Yo,” as the jackrabbit says, “Hare’s looking at you, let’s eat!” (Picture book. 4-7)