Guacamole

Guacamole

Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking Poem

Written by: Argueta, Jorge
Illustrated by: Sada, Margarita
Translated by: Amado, Elisa
ages 4 to 7 / grades P to 2

Guacamole is the third title of Jorge Argueta's popular bilingual Cooking Poems series, celebrating the joys of preparing, eating and sharing food.

Now available in paperback, Guacamole is the third title of Jorge Argueta’s popular bilingual Cooking Poems series, celebrating the joys of preparing, eating and sharing food.

Guacamole originated in Mexico with the Aztecs and has long been popular in North America, especially in recent years due to the many health benefits of avocados. This version of the recipe is easy to make, calling for just avocados, limes, cilantro and salt. A little girl dons her apron, singing and dancing around the kitchen as she shows us what to do. Poet Jorge Argueta sees beauty, magic and fun in everything around him — avocados are like green precious stones, salt falls like rain, cilantro looks like a little tree and the spoon that scoops the avocado from its skin is like a tractor.

As in all the titles in this series, Guacamole conveys the pleasure of making something delicious to eat for people you really love. A great book for families to enjoy together.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.K.2
With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.K.5
Identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.K.6
Name the author and illustrator of a text and define the role of each in presenting the ideas or information in a text.

Guacamole is the third title of Jorge Argueta's popular bilingual Cooking Poems series, celebrating the joys of preparing, eating and sharing food.

Now available in paperback, Guacamole is the third title of Jorge Argueta’s popular bilingual Cooking Poems series, celebrating the joys of preparing, eating and sharing food.

Guacamole originated in Mexico with the Aztecs and has long been popular in North America, especially in recent years due to the many health benefits of avocados. This version of the recipe is easy to make, calling for just avocados, limes, cilantro and salt. A little girl dons her apron, singing and dancing around the kitchen as she shows us what to do. Poet Jorge Argueta sees beauty, magic and fun in everything around him — avocados are like green precious stones, salt falls like rain, cilantro looks like a little tree and the spoon that scoops the avocado from its skin is like a tractor.

As in all the titles in this series, Guacamole conveys the pleasure of making something delicious to eat for people you really love. A great book for families to enjoy together.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.K.2
With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.K.5
Identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.K.6
Name the author and illustrator of a text and define the role of each in presenting the ideas or information in a text.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — Mar 1, 2016
Specifications 32 pages | 7.25 in x 10.5 in
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Written By

JORGE ARGUETA is an award-winning author of picture books and poetry for young children. He has won the International Latino Book Award, the Américas Book Award, the NAPPA Gold Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award for Multicultural Fiction for Juveniles. His books have also been named to the Américas Award Commended List, the USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List, Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices. Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds, illustrated by Alfonso Ruano, won the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, was a Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature honor book and an ALA Notable book, and received many other honors. A native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian, Jorge Argueta has returned to El Salvador and built a library in his backyard in San Salvador so that children can learn to love books.

Illustrated by Margarita Sada is a well-known Mexican artist. She lives in Mexico City.
Audience ages 4 to 7 / grades P to 2
Reading Levels Lexile AD590L
Key Text Features recipes; procedural text

Praise for Guacamole:

"A bilingual treat." — Kirkus Book Reviews

"Sada’s digitally enhanced oil paintings create bold contrasts with their festive colors—readers will practically be able to taste the 'sour river of lime'" — Publishers Weekly

"The illustrations are delightful, making each ingredient special and memorable." — Junior Library at SLJ

"This vibrant and lively poem is perfect for encouraging children to engage with cooking and food preparation…" — CM Magazine

"Groundwood Books (Libros Tigrillo) never fails to deliver beautiful stories filled with culture and warmth." — Latin Baby Book Club

"Argueta’s poetic imagination transforms big, beautiful avocados into 'green precious stones,' cilantro into 'little trees,' the mixing spoon into a tractor scoop…" — Jama's Alphabet Soup

"I love the way this book shows cooking as something we can do with our family, and also something we can do for our family, and regardless, is connected to togetherness." — Pickle Me This Blog

"This fanciful, imaginative narrative is as much poetry as it is a recipe." — SLJ

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