The Three Little Tamales

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The Three Little Tamales

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The Three Little Tamales

Eric Kimmel

Hardcover
Publication Date: 03/01/2009
Themes: Hispanic & Latino, Fairytale Adaptations
Age: 4-8 years old
Pages: 40 pages

 

While the three little tamales cool off on a windowsill, a tortilla rolls by. "You’ll be eaten. You’d better run!" he tells them. And so the tamales jump out the window. The first runs to the prairie and builds a house of sagebrush. The second runs to a cornfield and builds a house of cornstalks. The third runs to the desrt and builds a house of cactus. Then who should come along but Señor Lobo, the Big Bad Wolf, who plans to blow their houses down!

Valeria Docampo’s oil-and-pencil illustrations add zest and humor to this rollicking southwestern version of a popular tale.

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Reviews

"The traditional"Three Little Pigs" gets a southwestern flavor in Kimmel's latest updated tale, a takeoff on his previous The Runaway Tortilla (2000), illustrated by Randy Cecil. Taking their cue from the aforementioned tortilla, three tamales from T"a Rosa's restaurant also decide to make a break for it. Each builds a different type of casita: the first of sagebrush, the second of cornhusks, the third of cactus. When Se?or Lobo makes his appearance, youngsters will have no doubt as to who he is:"I'll huff and I'll puff / like a Texas tornado / and blow your casita / from here to Laredo!" A glossary helps readers unfamiliar with Spanish, although most words are defined in context. Docampo's oils are filled with southwestern colors and details. Her tamales each have a stereotyped personality all its own: the mustachioed macho brother, the pretty but not-too-bright sister and the smart sister who wears glasses. A flavorful addition to the folktale shelf that begs to be shared with a group." -Kirkus Review

"Kimmel has pulled the pork from "The Three Little Pigs," wrapped it in masa, and cooked up another traditional tale flavored with Southwestern spice. Three little tamales cooling on the windowsill of Tía Lupe and Tío José's "taquería" receive a heads-up from a runaway tortilla ("If I stay here, someone's going to eat me. You'll be eaten, too. You'd better run!"). The tamales leap down and take off as fast as their cornhusk legs will carry them. The first one (a real doll with long eyelashes and a bow headband) runs to the prairie and builds a "casita" of sagebrush, the second (sporting a curled mustache) stops in a field and builds a "casita" of cornstalks, and the third (wearing round red spectacles)such a smartyruns all the way to the desert and builds a "casita" of cactus. Along comes Señor Lobo, and youngsters will be able to guess the rest. This Big Bad Wolf threatens the tamales with a comedic flair (""I'll huff and I'll puff/like a Texas tornado/and blow your casita/from here to Laredo!""), his breath swirling in a burst of color and energy. Done in a palette of gold, green, and blue, the action-packed spreads blend the exaggerated gestures and expressions of cartoons with the rich color and texture of oil on paper. The colorful artwork combines with a text brimming with humor and sound effects ("Ay! Ay! Ay!") for a delightful parody sure to satisfy readers' appetite for fun." -Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library

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