Guacamole: Un poema para cocinar/ A Cooking Poem

Jorge Argueta, illus. by Margarita Sada. Groundwood (PGW, dist.), $18.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-55498-133-5
A girl in pigtails prepares guacamole for her family, which lives inside a giant, hollowed-out avocado. In unrhymed verse in both English and Spanish, the girl names the needed ingredients (“four big avocados,/ like green precious stones”), and turns the preparation into a joyful, imaginative celebration. Turning miniature, the girl and her siblings slide down slippery slopes of sliced avocado and shower in the sink with cilantro: “Mmmmm cilantro smells so good./ Mmm such a fresh,/ such a green smell.” Sada’s digitally enhanced oil paintings create bold contrasts with their festive colors—readers will practically be able to taste the “sour river of lime” Argueta describes. Ages 4–7. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 02/27/2012
Release date: 03/01/2012
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