Kirkus 2010 Best Children's Books selection
The cuisines of many different cultures all over the world include rice and rice pudding. In this title in the Cooking Poems series, Jorge Argueta gives us a bilingual recipe for the classic Latin American version.
From sprinkling the rice into the pot, to adding a waterfall of milk, cinnamon sticks, salt stars and sugar snow, Jorge Argueta's recipe is not only easy to follow, it is a poetic experience. The lively illustrations by Fernando Vilela feature an enthusiastic young cook who finds no end of joy in making and then slurping up the rice pudding with his family.
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.Fernando Vilela is a Brazilian illustrator who has illustrated numerous children's books. He has won the Jabuti Award (Brazil's equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize) in three categories for Lampiao e Lancelote. This book was also selected for the IBBY Honor list and received a special mention from the New Horizons Bologna Ragazzi Award. He has also won many FNLIJ (Brazilian branch of IBBY) awards and was selected for the Bratislava International Illustration Bienal. Fernando lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
With a retro palette of orange, green, and teal, Vilela's illustrations have a funky exuberance that play up the boy's excitement, while nodding to the dish's heritage in the patterned surfaces of the family's home. - Publishers Weekly
A lyrical, lovely bilingual ode to rice pudding...a wonderful book to use across cultures...You’ll want rice pudding after this. - Ilene Cooper, Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
This bilingual cooking poem is very satisfying - playing with food has never been more fun. Highly recommended. - Linda Ludke, CM Magazine
The text sparkles with clarity and purpose...A nice introduction to the joys of cooking, as well as a strong bilingual addition to any collection. - Kirkus Reviews
This sweet, joyful poem...will surely inspire new cooks and perhaps some new poets as well. - Abigail Sawyer, Paper Tigers
[I] highly recommend this handsomely produced gem - Jama Rattigan, Alphabet Soup
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