Just a Minute! by Yuyi Morales
A Trickster Tale and Counting Book (Pura Belpre Medal Book Illustrator (Awards))

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In this original trickster tale, Senor Calavera arrives unexpectedly at Grandma Beetle's door. He requests that she leave with him right away. "Just a minute," Grandma Beetle tells him. She still has one house to sweep, two pots of tea to boil, three pounds of corn to make into tortillas -- and that's just the start! Using both Spanish and English words to tally the party preparations, Grandma Beetle cleverly delays her trip and spends her birthday with a table full of grandchildren and her surprise guest. This spirited tribute to the rich traditions of Mexican culture is the perfect introduction to counting in both English and Spanish. The vivacious illustrations and universal depiction of a family celebration are sure to be adored by young readers everywhere.
 

About Yuyi Morales

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Yuyi Morales is an artist, a Brazilian folk dancer, a puppet maker and the former host of a Spanish-language storytelling radio show for children. She grew up in Mexico and now lives with her husband, son and cat in Northern California.
 
Published September 1, 2003 by Chronicle Books. 36 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When skeletal Señor Calavera appears at the door, Grandma Beetle bids him wait while she sweeps ONE house (“UNO”), makes TWO pots of tea (“DOS”), grinds THREE pounds of corn for tortillas (“TRES”), and so on, culminating in a festive birthday party at which Señor Calavera finds himself guest numb...

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(2003), this original trickster tale pitches Señor Calavera (i.e., Death—rendered as a skeleton topped by a hilariously expressive sugar skull) into a frantic hunt for birthday presents for his elderly friend Grandma Beetle.

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When Señor Calavera, a dapper skeleton in a bowler hat, comes to call on Grandma Beetle, she puts him off with her quick thinking and her charming manner. "I will go with you right away,

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When Señor Calavera, a dapper skeleton in a bowler hat, comes to call on Grandma Beetle, she puts him off with her quick thinking and her charming manner. "I will go with you right away,

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The splendid paintings and spirited storytelling--along with useful math and multicultural elements--augur a long, full life for this original folktale" “Rambunctious art, gemstone hues, glowing pictures an...

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