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Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking Poem
By (author): Jorge Argueta Illustrated by: Margarita Sada Translated by: Elisa Amado
Jorge Argueta ,

Illustrated by :

Margarita Sada ,

Translated by :

Elisa Amado


Libros Tigrillo



Product Form:


Form detail:

Printed dust jacket
Hardcover , Printed dust jacket
English, Spanish


Juvenile: Age (years) 4 - 7, Grade (US) P - 2, Reading age 4 - 7
Apr 01, 2012
$18.95 CAD
Out of print


10.5in x 7.25 in | 0.8 lb

Page Count:

32 pages


full-color illustrations
Groundwood Books
Libros Tigrillo

Following on the success of Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup and Arroz con leche / Rice Pudding is Jorge Argueta’s third book in our bilingual cooking poem series — Guacamole — with very cute, imaginative illustrations by Margarita Sada.

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 the previous cooking poems, Guacamole conveys the pleasure of making something delicious and healthy to eat for people you really love. A great book for families to enjoy together.

Jorge Argueta is a native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian. He is an award-winning author of picture books and poetry for young children. Jorge lives in San Francisco, California.

Margarita Sada is a well-known Mexican artist. She lives in Mexico City.

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

"A bilingual treat." - Kirkus Book Reviews

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. - Kerry Clare, Pickle Me This Blog

"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

Groundwood Books (Libros Tigrillo) never fails to deliver beautiful stories filled with culture and warmth - Monica, Latin Baby Book Club

The illustrations are delightful, making each ingredient special and memorable. - Dodies Ownes, Junior Library at SLJ

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

"This vibrant and lively poem is perfect for encouraging children to engage with cooking and food preparation..." - Sabrina Wong, CM Magazine

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