La Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred
Written by Samantha Vamos
This bilingual celebration with a delicious ending is the story of a maiden and farm animals working together to make rice pudding they serve at a fiesta. With the familiarity of
"The House That Jack Built," this story bubbles and builds just like the ingredients of the
arroz con leche that everyone enjoys. Cleverly incorporating Spanish words, adding a new one in place of the English word from the previous page, this book makes learning Spanish easy and fun. Rafael Lopez covers each page with vibrant, exuberant color, celebrating tradition and community.
Pura Belpré Honor Illustration
School Library Journal Starred Review
ALSC Notable Childrens Books Selection
Kirkus Starred Review
New York Public Library 100 Titles for
Reading and Sharing Selection
Texas Library Association
Texas 2x2 Reading List Selection
“The artistry of this book makes it a must buy for all libraries”.
School Library Journal
I’m really taken with López’s illustrations, acrylics on grained wood. There’s so much joy and humor depicted in his artwork. Or, as the experts write (in this case, Publishers Weekly), “López’s acrylics-on-wood paintings have a burnished copper glow, while the menagerie exudes cartoonish joie de vivre.” Adds Kirkus, “López’s artwork, with its desert palette punctuated by brilliant primary colors and its graphic, hard edges, suggestive of folk art, is a perfect match.
His sophisticated, multilayered textures create depth, give form and work together
to create an image that’s easily readable, humorous and harmonious.”
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