What Can You Do With a Paleta? is a joyful celebration of summer and community. The little girl’s barrio is rich, vibrant and full of juicy paletas! Summertime isn’t complete without a cold sweet treat to cool you down and in this book we learn all the things that can be done with a paleta…
Food is community; it brings people together. In the girl’s barrio, the tinkling bell of the paleta wagon mixed with the smell of fresh buttery tortillas is distinct and welcoming. We follow her as she shows us how a paleta can help make new friends, how an icy blue one leaves a big blue mustache and how giving someone a paleta can make their day! I love how Carmen Tafolla opens the book with a lyrical, visual description of the barrio and ends with the same words. This creates the feeling of being invited to the barrio and as we leave, we’re reminded of the sweet smells, flavors and sights of our visit. It’s lovely!
Magaly Morales’ illustrations are bold, rich and earthy. Her style reminds me of Yuyi Morales’ older work (Sand Sister). We get to peek through the windows of the houses in the community and Morales’ use of pink, orange and yellow acrylics washes the pages in warmth. Brown faces are smiling, laughing and enjoying the hot summer! The paletas, in all their vibrant colors, look refreshing and delicious.
I hope you’ll enjoy What Can You Do With a Paleta? It’s the perfect summer read-aloud. 🙂
Recommended for: All Ages
Great for: Family, Community, Love, Mexican Culture, Food Culture, Summertime, Friendship, Fun, Happiness, Diversity, Siblings, Read-Aloud
Book Info: What Can You Do With a Paleta? by Carmen Tafolla/Illustrated by Magaly Morales, 2009 Tricycle Press (Ten Speed Press), ISBN: 9781582462219
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Lovely review. Would you be interested in linking up this post with the Diverse Children’s Books Link-up? You can find it at http://pagesandmargins.wordpress.com/2016/07/02/diverse-childrens-books-link-up-july-2-15/. Thanks!
Yeah this sounds cool. I don’t quite understand how to add my link though. Thanks!
Wonderful! Just click on the blue button at the bottom of the post (the one that says “click to view and add your links”) and it will take you to a place where you can add the url to your post. Thanks!
Ah, I see it now! I just added it to the link up. Thanks so much. 😀
So great to see your review shared on the Diverse Children’s Books Link-up, can’t wait to read more of your posts!!
Thanks! Yeah I’m glad too. Lots of cool posts there that I want to read through. 😀