Title: Too Many Tamales
Author: Gary Soto
Illustrator: Ed Martinez
Publisher: Puffin, August 8, 1996
Topic: Cooking, Ceremony and Tradition, Extended Families, Mexican and Mexican American
Christmas, Problem Solving, Taking Responsibility for Mistakes.
Opening: Snow drifted through the streets and now that it was dusk, Christmas trees glittered in the windows.
Summary: Maria tries on her mother's wedding ring while helping make tamales for a Christmas family get-together. Panic ensues when, hours later, she realizes the ring is missing.
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Why I Like the Book:
Too Many Tamales teaches children the meaning of being responsible for their mistakes. It teaches problem solving and team work.It reinforces the importance of being truthful and honest. It does all of this in a warm and gentle manner that is not overly pushy and with humor as well.