Una poema para cocinar/A Cooking Poem
Guacamole: Una poema para cocinar/A Cooking Poem. tr. by Elisa Amado. illus. by Margarita Sada. 32p. (Cooking Poems Series). Groundwood/Tigrillo. 2012. Tr $18.95. ISBN 978-1-55498-133-5.
PreS-Gr 3—This fanciful, imaginative narrative is as much poetry as it is a recipe. What makes Argueta's text sing is his liberal use of similes: the avocados are like "green precious stones" and the limes are "round as crystal marbles." As the story progresses, Sada's illustrations change the perspective. When the girl says that it's time to cut the avocados, she describes the pits as "smooth and slippery, like a slide." The illustration shows the narrator and two other children, now smaller than the avocado itself, sliding down the pit and into the hole created by its removal. Succeeding illustrations show the now diminutive children dancing on the table with salt spilled from a salt shaker and playing in the sink while washing the cilantro, which looks like a "little tree." Readers can easily follow the recipe and make guacamole themselves. Adult supervision is encouraged when a knife must be used. This delightful story ends with an eco-friendly encouragement to save the seeds so that more trees can grow: "more colors, more flavors." This selection is as tasty as the treat it describes!—Tim Wadham, Children's Literature Consultant, Fenton, MO
A young girl makes guacamole for her family in this fanciful book whose narrative is both poetry and a recipe. A liberal use of images and similes make Argueta's text sing. Sada's imaginative oil and digitally modified illustrations change perspective as the story progresses, showing children playing on enormous avocados and showering with cilantro in the kitchen sink.
Jorge Argueta’s poetic language turns the preparation of guacamole into a celebration of cooking. The girl sees avocados as “piedras verdes” (“green precious stones”) and limes as “canicas de cristal” (“crystal marbles”). Margarita Sada’s artwork is vibrant and whimsical; the girl slides down a slippery avocado pit, wields a spoon like a tractor plow, and rides a river of lime juice in an avocado-peel boat. With its easy-to-follow instructions—“Ahora le agregas sal, no mucha” or “Now add salt, not too much”—kids will enjoy using the book as a guacamole recipe (stages that require adult supervision are marked with an asterisk).

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