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Groundwood Poetry

Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking Poem
By (author): Jorge Argueta Illustrated by: Duncan Tonatiuh Translated by: Elisa Amado
Jorge Argueta ,

Illustrated by :

Duncan Tonatiuh ,

Translated by :

Elisa Amado


Groundwood Books - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade
English, Spanish


Juvenile: Age (years) 4 - 7, Grade (US) P - 2
Mar 01, 2017
$8.95 CAD


10.5in x 7.25 x 0.1 in | 0.27 lb

Page Count:

32 pages


Full color throughout
Groundwood Books Ltd
Groundwood Books
  • Short Description
In this cooking poem, Jorge Argueta brings us a fun and easy recipe for a yummy salsa!

In this new cooking poem, Jorge Argueta brings us a fun and easy recipe for a yummy salsa.

A young boy and his sister gather the ingredients and grind them up in a molcajete, just like their ancestors used to do, singing and dancing all the while.

The children imagine that their ingredients are different parts of an orchestra — the tomatoes are bongos and kettledrums, the onion, a maraca, the cloves of garlic, trumpets and the cilantro, the conductor. They chop and then grind these ingredients in the molcajete, along with red chili peppers for the “hotness” that is so delicious, finally adding a squeeze of lime and a sprinkle of salt. When they are finished, their mother warms tortillas and their father lays out plates, as the whole family, including the cat and dog, dance salsa in mouth-watering anticipation.

Winner of the International Latino Book Award for Guacamole, Jorge Argueta has once again written a recipe-poem that families will delight in.

Each book in the cooking poem series features a talented illustrator from the Latino world. In Salsa the text is complemented by the rich, earthy illustrations of multiple award-winning illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh. His interest in honoring the art of the past in contemporary contexts is evident in these wonderful illustrations, which evoke the pre-Columbian Mixtec codex.

Key Text Features

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.

Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

  • Combines reading with a fun activity for the whole family; steps that require adult supervision are marked.
  • Bilingual text appeals to parents who want to expose their children to another language at an early age.
  • Curriculum connections: social studies (families and communities, food and eating, celebrations); language (poetry).
  • Written by an award-winning author and poet who is very active on the speaking circuit at schools and libraries.
  • Like the other books in the series, illustrated by an outstanding illustrator.

JORGE ARGUETA, a Pipil Nahua Indian from El Salvador and Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, is a prize-winning author of more than twenty children’s books. His book Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds won the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award and was named to USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List, ALA Notable Children’s Books and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices. Jorge is the founder of the International Children's Poetry Festival Manyula and the Library of Dreams, a non-profit organization that promotes literacy in El Salvador. Jorge divides his time between San Francisco, California, and El Salvador.

DUNCAN TONATIUH is an author and illustrator of several highly acclaimed books for young readers, including The Princess and the Warrior, Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote, Dear Primo and Diego Rivera. He won the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award for Separate Is Never Equal, and Funny Bones was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book. Other awards include the Pura Belpré Illustration Award and the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, and commendations from the Américas Award and Notable Books for a Global Society. He lives in San Miguel Allende, Mexico.

ELISA AMADO is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. She has written My Friend (Mi amiga), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano; Un Barrilete para el Día de los Muertos / Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead; Cousins (Primas), illustrated by Luis Garay; and Tricycle (El triciclo), illustrated by Alfonso Ruano, which is on the Américas Award Commended List and is a USBBY Outstanding International Book. She lives in Toronto.

A completely satisfying offering. A delectable work of art perfect for food-themed, bilingual, and Día storytimes. - School Library Journal

Music, dancing and food unite in this giddy bilingual whirl. - Kirkus Reviews

Illustrations unite past and present, offering vivid depictions of contemporary life in the style of the ancient Mixtec codex. - Booklist

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