Growing Up With Tamales / Los tamales de Ana by Gwendolyn Zepeda
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"My name is Ana. Every year, my family makes tamales for Christmas. This year, I am six, so I get to mix the dough, which is made of cornmeal. My sister Lidia is eight, so she gets to spread the dough on the corn husk leaves. I wish I was eight, so that my hands would be big enough to spread the dough just right--not too thick and not too thin."

And so the years pass, and Ana turns eight, ten, twelve, fourteen, sixteen. But every year, big sister Lidia is always two years older. Ana envies her elder sibling and wishes she could do what Lidia does: put just the right amount of meat inside the tamales and roll them up; steam the tamales without scalding herself with the hot, hot steam; chop and cook the meat for the tamales without cutting or burning her hands.

When she turns eighteen, though, Ana knows she will keep making tamales and she will be able to do all of the steps herself in her very own factory. When Christmas comes around, Ana will deliver tamales to all of her customers around the world, in delivery trucks that say "Ana's Tamales." And maybe Ana will even let Lidia work for her.

Gwendolyn Zepeda's rhythmic prose is combined with April Ward's bright illustrations to create an affectionate and amusing story about sibling relationships that introduces an important Hispanic holiday tradition--making tamales!


About Gwendolyn Zepeda

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GWENDOLYN ZEPEDA is the author of three bilingual picture books for children: " I Kick the Ball / Pateo el balon "(Pinata Books, 2011); "Growing Up with Tamales / Los tamales de Ana "(Pinata Books, 2008), a 2009 Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended Title; and "Sunflowers / Girasoles " (Pinata Books, 2009), winner of the Texas Institute of Letters' Austin Public Library Friends Foundation Award for Best Children's Book. She lives and works in Houston, Texas. April Ward is the illustrator of Butterflies on Carmen Street/Mariposas en la calle Carmen (Pinata Books, 2007) and Juan and the Chupacabras/Juan y el Chupacabras (Pinata Books, 2006). Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and has been working in children's book publishing ever since. She currently lives in San Diego, California.
Published May 31, 2008 by Pinata Books. 30 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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Six-year-old Ana can’t wait until she is eight, so she can be more grown-up like her big sister Lidia.

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