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The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred
2/24/2012
Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo
2012 Pura Belpre Award Honor Book
Friday, February 24, 2012
by: Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo

Section: Children's Book Reviews



February Edition

Reviewed by Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo is an Assistant & Foster-EBSCO Endowed Professor School of Library & Information Studies University of Alabama. He received his Ph.D. in Communication and Information Studies from the University of Alabama and holds a Masters of Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama.

Nothing is better than a delicious bowl of arroz con leche unless, of course, a host of farm animals have a hand in the preparation! Young children will delight in this cumulative tale that follows a farm maiden, her cazuela, and a barnyard full of animals that help her cook up a mouth-watering batch of rice pudding. English words are introduced in the narrative and then their Spanish equivalent is used in subsequent repeated lines of the text. By the time the arroz con leche is cooling, storytime audiences will have learned more than 20 Spanish words. While the text alone will entice bilingual readers, López's dazzling illustrations, exuding a cheerful exuberance, are sure draw even the most reluctant of readers. Highly Recommended.
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