Guacamole by Jorge Argueta
Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking Poem (English and Spanish Edition)

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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 chef dons her apron, singing and dancing around the kitchen as she shows us what to do. Argueta’s gift in seeing beauty, magic and fun in everything around him makes this book a treasure — 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 an excavating tractor.

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

About Jorge Argueta

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Jorge Argueta is a native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian. He is an award-winning author of picture books and poetry for young children. He lives in San Francisco. Domi's wonderful illustrations appear in many children's books, including the Napi titles by Antonio Ramírez as well as The Night the Moon Fell and The Race of Toad and Deer by Pat Mora. She is Mazateca and lives in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Published March 27, 2012 by Groundwood Books. 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Cooking, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Three siblings cavort their way through the oldest one’s description of making guacamole: “Yummy guacamole, / so greeny green, / as pure as love.” Relying on four ingredients (avocados, limes, cilantro and salt), the author breaks the recipe into bite-sized steps for the smallest hands and enlive...

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Turning miniature, the girl and her siblings slide down slippery slopes of sliced avocado and shower in the sink with cilantro: “Mmmmm cilantro smells so good./ Mmm such a fresh,/ such a green smell.” Sada’s digitally enhanced oil paintings create bold contrasts with their festive colors—...

Feb 27 2012 | Read Full Review of Guacamole: Un poema para coci...

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