Too Many TamalesReviews
- Number of Pages: 32
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
Maria was feeling very grown-up on Christmas Eve as she helped her mother prepare the tamales for Christmas dinner. But suddenly, the ring was gone, and there had been 24 tamales that just might contain the missing ring. When she slipped her mother's diamond ring onto her finger, she only meant to put on it for a minute."A warm family story that combines glowing art with a well-written text to tell of a girl's dilemma."--School Library Journal, starred review.
Maria is feeling so grown-up, wearing her mother's apron and helping to knead the masa for the Christmas corn tamales. When her mother takes off her diamond ring so it won't become coated with all of the messy masa, Maria decides that life would be perfect if she could put on the ring, too. It is not until later that night, after each of the tamales have been cooked and after all her cousins and relatives have arrived, that Maria suddenly realizes what must have happened to the precious ring. Uh oh. Her mother even let Maria wear some perfume and lipstick for the big loved ones celebration that evening. Ed Martinez's warm oil paintings celebrate the riches of South American Christmas colors--adobe reds, dusty gold, lacey whites, and rain-forest greens. (Ages 4 and older) --Gail Hudson Gary Soto's delightful Christmas-spirit closure will relieve young readers who empathize with the negligent Maria. Martinez also has a gift for capturing children's animated expressions, especially when Maria begs her cousins to assist her find the missing ring by secretly eating the enormous stack of steaming tamales! Trouble begins when she sneakily slips the sparkly ring on her thumb and resumes her kneading. Grown-ups, too, will appreciate this playful reminder regarding the virtues of forgiveness and loved ones togetherness.
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