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Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup

Written by Jorge Argueta

Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng

Series Title: Bilingual Cooking Poems

  • 32 Pages
  • 9781773060026
  • 7.25" x 10.5"
  • from grade P to grade 2
  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino
  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / Mexico


Publication Date March 01, 2017

A USBBY Outstanding International Books selection

Black beans and black bean soup are staple foods for people who live anywhere from southern Mexico on down through Central America. They are comfort foods. For all people who have left their homeland to live in a new country, comfort food takes on a huge emotional importance.

This delightful poem teaches us all, young and old, how to make a heartwarming bean soup -- from gathering the beans, onions and garlic to letting them swim in the pot, until the house smells wonderful and it's time for supper.

Jorge Argueta's poetic voice and Rafael Yockteng's animated illustrations make this bilingual book about preparing bean soup a fun, almost magical experience.


Jorge Argueta

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. A native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian, Jorge spent much of his life in rural El Salvador. He now lives in San Francisco, California.

Rafael Yockteng

Rafael Yockteng has illustrated many highly acclaimed children’s books, including Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup by Jorge Argueta (USBBY Outstanding International Books), and Jimmy the Greatest! (which received six starred reviews) and Two White Rabbits (which received three starred reviews) by Jairo Buitrago. Together, Jairo Buitrago and Rafael Yockteng have won the “A la Orilla del Viento” contest (Fondo de Cultura Económica de México), and their books have been included in IBBY’s Honor List, “Los mejores libros del año” (Venezuela’s Banco del Libro), Kirkus Best Books, the Horn Book Fanfare and the White Ravens Catalogue. Rafael lives in Colombia.