Guacamole: Un poema para cocinar/ A Cooking Poem

Jorge Argueta, Author, Margarita Sada, Illustrator, Elisa Amado, Translator
Jorge Argueta, illus. by Margarita Sada. Groundwood (PGW, dist.), $18.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-55498-133-5
Reviewed on: 02/27/2012
Release date: 03/01/2012
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.)