Books by Jorge Argueta and Complete Book Reviews

Jorge Argueta, illus. by Fernando Vilela, Groundwood (PGW, dist.), $18.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-88899-981-8
A boy draws parallels between the wonders of nature and the wonders of rice pudding in this ode to his favorite dish. Functioning as a jubilant recipe, the boy's poem walks readers through the process (steps needing adult assistance are marked with...
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...
Jorge Argueta, trans. from the Spanish by Elisa Amado, illus. by Alfonso Ruano. Groundwood (PGW, dist.), $18.95 (36p) ISBN 978-1-55498-849-5
Poems written in Spanish and English poignantly address the struggles of child refugees fleeing Central America for the U.S. Shifting among the viewpoints of several children, the poems recount the sadness of leaving old lives behind and the dangers
Jorge Argueta, Author, Elizabeth Gomez, Illustrator Children's Book Press (CA) $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-89239-165-3
Gr 3-6-Poems in Spanish and in English communicate the poet's memories of being a boy in El Salvador and in San Francisco. ""Here chickens come/ in plastic bags/ Over there/ they slept beside me."" The lines capture the pleasures and difficulties
Jorge Argueta, Author, Rafael Yockteng, Illustrator , illus. by Rafael Yockteng. Groundwood $15.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-88899-509-4
El Salvadoran–born Argueta follows up his memoir of his childhood immigration northward, A Movie in My Pillow, with this lyrical yet confusing mediation on a dream. "I see trees hanging from the sky," a boy narrates from his bed,...
Jorge Argueta, trans. from the Spanish by Elisa Amado, illus. by Domi. Groundwood (PGW, dist.), $18.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-55498-300-1
Argueta’s fourth bilingual “cooking poem” is built around another elementally simple dish: tamalitos, “little tamales” of corn and cheese. The poem unfolds as a recipe, narrated by a boy who is well aware of the importance of corn in his family...
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