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Burro's Tortillas [Paperback]

By Terri Fields (Author) & Sherry Rogers (Illustrator)
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In a Southwestern retelling of "The Little Red Hen," Burro finds it difficult to get any help from his friends as he diligently works to turn corn into tortillas, in a text that includes a Spanish/English glossary and a simple recipe for making tortillas. In a Southwestern retelling of "The Little Red Hen," Burro finds it difficult to get any help from his friends as he diligently works to turn corn into tortillas, in a text that includes a Spanish/English glossary and a simple recipe for making tortillas.

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Cross The Little Red Hen with a burro and his friends and you get a humorous Southwestern retelling of a childhood favorite, Burro finds it hard to get any help from his friends as he diligently works to turn corn into tortillas. Young children will love the repetition; older children will enjoy the book's many puns. In addition to its Southwestern flavor, the delightful story imparts an accurate picture of the traditional way that tortillas are made. A Spanish/English matching activity and a simple recipe for making tortillas are included in the For Creative Minds section. All Sylvan Dell titles feature free educational resources at, including the For Creative Minds sections and additional teaching activities. The For Creative Minds Section feature the following activities: Corn: From Plant to Table A How Many Ways We Eat Corn Activity Making Tortillas: A Recipe A Spanish/English Vocabulary Matching Activity

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Item Specifications...

Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10" Width: 8.5" Height: 0.15"
Weight:   0.38 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 10, 2007
Publisher   Sylvan Dell Publishing
Age  4-7
ISBN  1934359181  
ISBN13  9781934359181  

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More About Terri Fields & Sherry Rogers

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Sherry Rogers spent twelve years as a corporate graphic designer and artist before -leaving it all behind- for the freelance world of illustrating children's books. Through illustrating The First Fire, Sherry remembers her own ancestor, Na Ni, a Cherokee woman from the mountains of North Carolina. Some of Sherry's other Arbordale titles include The Penguin Lady, Ten for Me, Hey Diddle Diddle, Newton and Me, Moose and Magpie, Paws, Claws, Hands & Feet, and The Deductive Detective; as well as her award-winning titles: Sort It Out!, Kersplatypus, Burro's Tortillas, and If You Were a Parrot. Sherry lives in Northern California with her family and their pets.

Terri Fields currently resides in Phoenix. Terri Fields was born in 1948.

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SFC 5 star review  Jan 15, 2008
Poor little burro - he notices the white corn in the fields is very tall now, and it makes him hungry for tortillas! Thinking he could get the corn picked quicker with his friends helping, Burro seeks out Bobcat, Coyote, and Jackrabbit. All three make up excuses why they can't help. So Burro picks the corn himself. After he lugs the corn home, he needs to remove the kernels. Again, he asks his three friends for help; again, they have reasons why they can't help. And so it goes throughout the story. Burro has to do everything by himself with no help from his friends. It's a good thing burros are stubborn by nature! I loved the ending to this story, and thoroughly enjoyed learning how to make tortillas!

Author Terri Fields does a terrific job giving excellent voice to her four characters. Her story mixes together a vocabulary of Spanish words, the method used in the making of tortillas, and the way not to act if you're somebody's friend. She then sprinkles in some puns and fun words in her dialog, making this a fun book to read when coupled with the whimsical and vividly southwestern colored illustrations of Sherry Rogers. This is one of
those quiet books that I highly recommend for young readers who want to read a fun story, learn some Spanish words, and learn how to make tortillas, all at the same time!

As with all Sylvan Dell books, the story is followed by an educational section at the end "For Creative Minds" and includes: "Corn: From Plant To Table"; "A 'How Many Ways We Eat Corn' Activity"; "Making Tortillas: A Recipe"; and "A Spanish/English Vocabulary Matching Activity".

Gayle Jacobson-Huset,Assistant Editor
Stories for Children Magazine
From 3 to 8 they will think it's great!!!  Oct 17, 2007
This summer I asked my great nephew to read Burro's Tortilla's to his younger sister. As I listened closely to the creative character voices that this eight year old imagined, I also helped him with the new Spanish words in the story. As a former teacher, I loved the message of this story especially since children often want instant gratification without working for it. This is a story about team work, work ethic, and consequences. The glossary in the back was fantastic and the recipe for tortillas a great idea!!!!
Children will enjoy this book  Aug 30, 2007
When Burro discovers that the corn has grown tall, he can think of only one thing. Tortillas! But Burro has a hard time getting his friends inspired to help him in even one step of the tortilla-making process. Well, maybe just the one tasty step.

In this Southwestern retelling of The Little Red Hen, children are exposed to the traditional process of tortilla making. In addition, they may pick up a little Spanish. Also, as Sylvan Dell does, there are activities in the final pages "For Creative Minds," which expand upon some of the things touched on in the book.

My children really enjoyed this story. There are bright, lively illustrations that stimulate little minds and a familiar plot that makes them exclaim with delight, "Hey! This is like...." We all enjoyed figuring out what the Spanish words meant and learning how corn tortillas are made.

As far as read-aloud potential, it was a wash. There are quite a few Spanish words that I found unfamiliar (after three years of Spanish classes) and no pronunciation guide for them. So, for the more "perfectionistic" of us, the children may be taught incorrectly. However, the puns are wonderfully entertaining. So, after you figure out how to pronounce the Spanish, you will probably enjoy reading this with your kids.

Armchair Interviews says: A mix of fine illustrations and a good story.
Loveable Nursery Tale  Jul 10, 2007
If children like the nursery tale "Little Red Hen," they will love Terri Field's Spanish version in Burro's Tortillas! This humorous tale of a burro who works hard to pick his corn and takes it through the process until the corn kernels becomes delicious tortillas. Yet, his friends bobcat, coyote, and jackrabbit aren't interested in helping with the hard work until it comes time to eat the tortillas! The book introduces Spanish words like "tortilla", "metate", "yo no", and "mis amigos". What a delightful way to learn aspects of another culture and language. In addition, there is a recipe for tortillas in the activity section.

Sherry Rogers' entertaining illustrations are back with Sylvan Dell in this welcomed book. Children will eagerly spot baby burro in each spread, though he is not mentioned in the text. A preschool or early elementary class will have fun with a corn-growing unit, ending with the making of tortillas. A delightful, must have book for home and school libraries.

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