The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred

Vamos, Samantha R.

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred
A cumulative tale of a farm maiden who, aided by a group of animals, prepares "Arroz con Leche," or rice pudding. Includes recipe and glossary of the Spanish words that are woven throughout the text.

Publisher: Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, c2011
ISBN: 1580892426
Branch Call Number: jE VAMOS 2011
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,26 cm
Additional Contributors: López, Rafael 1961-Illustrator


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A maiden makes rice pudding with the help of all the animals on the farm.

Spicy tribute to the classic "The House that Jack Built": "This is the duck that went to the market to buy the sugar to flavor the leche made fresh by the vaca while teaching the cabra that churned the crema to make the mantequilla that went into cazuela..."

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Apr 10, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

According to the back bookflap “Samantha R. Vamos was cooking one day when the idea for this book popped into her head.” The idea goes beyond a mere food related plot and ends up being one of the most creative ways of working Spanish elements into a work of English I’ve seen in years. Top off the fact that the art is enough to give your jaw a downward plunge, and I’d say you were dealing with one of the cleverer picture books of the year.


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  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Apr 10, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Are you familiar with the cumulative tale format? Well Ms. Vamos takes the idea and twists it a little. A variety of different farm animals aid a farmer and a farm maiden as they work together to make some rice pudding. A donkey picks limes, a duck buys sugar, a hen grates, and by the end everyone has done their part. Of course, in the midst of some dancing the pudding almost gets out of hand, but our heroes are able to save it in time. The end of the book includes a Glossary of Spanish Words and a recipe for the pudding.


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