In this new cooking poem, Jorge Argueta brings us a fun and easy recipe for a yummy salsa.
A young boy and his sister gather the ingredients and grind them up in a molcajete, just like their ancestors used to do, singing and dancing all the while.
The children imagine that their ingredients are different parts of an orchestra — the tomatoes are bongos and kettledrums, the onion, a maraca, the cloves of garlic, trumpets and the cilantro, the conductor. They chop and then grind these ingredients in the molcajete, along with red chili peppers for the “hotness” that is so delicious, finally adding a squeeze of lime and a sprinkle of salt. When they are finished, their mother warms tortillas and their father lays out plates, as the whole family, including the cat and dog, dance salsa in mouth-watering anticipation.
Winner of the International Latino Book Award for Guacamole, Jorge Argueta has once again written a recipe-poem that families will delight in.
Each book in the cooking poem series features a talented illustrator from the Latino world. In Salsa the text is complemented by the rich, earthy illustrations of multiple award-winning illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh. His interest in honoring the art of the past in contemporary contexts is evident in these wonderful illustrations, which evoke the pre-Columbian Mixtec codex.
Key Text Features
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.
Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.
Music, dancing and food unite in this giddy bilingual whirl.
Illustrations unite past and present, offering vivid depictions of contemporary life in the style of the ancient Mixtec codex.
In earthly tones of browns, greens, and reds, the energy surges through every page, inspiring your own chefs-to-be toward savory delights. Of course, you’ll want to join in!
[The] important message of love and family gathering to create something special shines through.
A completely satisfying offering. A delectable work of art perfect for food-themed, bilingual, and Día storytimes.