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Mice And Beans

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  355 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
Category: Family

Recipe for a Festive Story Time: Mix 1 birthday party, 1 delicious Mexican meal, and lots of children, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins, and surprise guests into a fun romp. Add comic illustrations, jaunty rhythms, and playful refrains. Spice with mystery, and stir everything into a book.

Serve aloud to large groups or small. Finally, store leftovers on
Paperback, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Scholastic (first published 2001)
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Kristen Herzog
Jun 05, 2014 Kristen Herzog rated it really liked it
Shelves: rll528-latino
Mice and Beans by Pam Munoz Ryan is a fun read about a grandmother who is trying to get ready for a birthday party. As she is preparing she is carefully trying to avoid mice in her house. The funny part about this story is that with whatever she is preparing, the mice come and take a little of it for themselves. As the story continues and grandmother finishes preparing for the party she forgets to fill the piñata. Fortunately for her the mice have taken care of this for her and once she ...more
Another terrible book description (the one above). Mice and Beans does focus around the grandmother making food for a party, but there’s no recipe or real focus on actual cooking. Little Catalina’s birthday is coming up next weekend and her grandmother is preparing for a party in her small house. Remembering her mother’s advice, Rosa Maria knows her small house can hold all the family, but not mice. Each day of the week she preps something new for the party, from food to having Little Catalina’s ...more
Jun 18, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it
This is a silly little story about a grandmother preparing a birthday party for her grandchild, and the mice who have their own plans in the background. The illustrations are fun and vibrant, sometimes hilarious, and show things from many clever angles. There are repeated scenes where the mousetraps disappear and the grandmother thinks she is just losing her mind. I found it very amusing and the ending has a great payoff, especially if you take in all the details.
Sep 28, 2016 Oona rated it really liked it
cute book that describes a Spanish style birthday.
Clairissa D
Oct 01, 2013 Clairissa D rated it it was amazing
Shelves: child-books
Mice and Beans is a children's book about a grandmother named Rosa who is in the process of planning her granddaughters seventh birthday. From the very beginning of the story you realize that she is not a fan of rats. Each day she plans for a different part of the party and each day she sets out mouse traps for the Mice. As she goes forth she begins missing little things and her mice traps are disappearing. She becomes forgetful and does not put the candy in the pinata. The day of the party she ...more
This is a cute story of an old woman, Rosa Maria, preparing for a big family party. The readers spend a week with her as she finds the piñata, bakes the rice and beans, and sets up mouse traps that mysteriously disappear. While she plans her party, the mice that live in her house plan their party as well. And when Rosa Maria forgets to stuff the piñata, the benevolent mice quickly come to her rescue. Intermixed throughout the text are Spanish phrases, and the back of the book has a glossary and ...more
Eric Summers
A grandmother is preparing a birthday party for her youngest grandchild Catalina. Unfortunately, she is a bit scatter brained and sometimes forget things, and on top of that, she keeps losing things. Fortunately, the mice who share her home are not just freeloaders, they lend a hand when needed.

This is a book that you cannot blow through quickly to kill time in your class if you want your kids to enjoy it. It is a fun read-aloud, if you make sure to put plenty of heart into the reading. If you a
Kandice Buck
Oct 15, 2015 Kandice Buck rated it really liked it
Shelves: party
Rosa Maria wanted to throw a birthday party for her youngest grandchild Catalina. She was excited and prepared for the party all week. Every night she would set a new mouse trap in her house because she thought that she had forgotten to set one out each night. In reality, the mice were stealing her mouse traps each night and were helping her set up for the party without her even knowing. After the party and before Rosa Maria goes to bed she notices that all her muse traps are missing. She then ...more
Leta Huffman
Mar 24, 2012 Leta Huffman rated it it was amazing
Joe Cepeda's oil paint illustrations are beautiful and rich with color! The story is repetitious so young children can follow it easily, and the story is adorable. The story follows Rosa Maria as she prepares for her grandaughter's birthday party throughout the week. This book shows us how hispanics get ready for birthday parties, by what kinds of food and games are present. In the back there is a glossary that shows pronunciations of Spanish words that were sprinkled throughout the text. I ...more
This is a fun read aloud for young children. It incorporates lots of spanish vocabulary and has a glossary at the end to review the words that were used. I think that Pam Munoz Ryan chose great words to include though because it would be a great way for children to guess what the word means in context. I love the illustrations in this story! In order to understand the humor of this story and to truly understand what is going on, you are forced as the reader to engage with the illustrations. The ...more
Lila Brantley
Aug 11, 2013 Lila Brantley rated it really liked it
If there is room in the heart, there is room in the house, but not for a mouse. At least, that is the saying of the grandmother is this book. She is preparing for her granddaughter’s birthday party. Family, food, games, and gifts are on her list of things to do, not to mention catching those pesky mice. Mice keep stealing her traps and other items that are for the party. In her haste, she forgets to fill the piñata for the party, but mysteriously the candy is there. Who were her helpers? The ...more
Lu Benke
There's a lot to like about this book: the bright pink house with a small crowded yard and the mismatched furniture, the grandma that wears froo-froo slippers and strings lines across her kitchen to hang the ironed napkins, the traditional menu for a birthday celebration and the traditional over-crowded house during the celebration. The authenticity of this book representing the house of a fun-loving Latina grandmother is wonderful and the grandmother is the epitome of resiliency, but there is ...more
This book is almost identical to Chato and the Party Animals. I like this book because it incorporates both English and Spanish. The only difference is that in this book you don't have to use a dictionary or have to look closely at the context clues to figure out the meaning of the Spanish words. The character says a word or sentence in Spanish, but for the most part always says the English word/s right after.

This book would be great to use to help English speaking students learn Spanish, or Spa
Tara Gale
Feb 18, 2012 Tara Gale rated it really liked it
This is also a wonderful book by Pam Munoz Ryan. This is a book I would read to a future classroom although there wouldnt be any curriculum behind it. I was not the biggest fan of the pictures but all and all they weren't bad. I am glad that I read this book in relations to my author study. Pam Munoz Ryan talks often of her grandmother and I feel that the main character in this book muxt have been inspired by her. That was a very intresting connection to make.
Amber Adams
Apr 08, 2013 Amber Adams rated it really liked it
Shelves: lit-2, writers-craft
This book tells the story of a grandmother who is planning a party, however she has some uninvited guests who make the planning easier. The mice end up helping the grandma plan the party and do many of the tasks that the grandmother forgot to do. This book uses repetition (and every night she turned off the lights and went to bed) and specific details to engage readers. I would use this in my classroom to teach repetition and how to use specific details.
Jul 24, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
I thought it was really neat how the text was written with color and style. I like the concept of the double story. The text talks about Grandma while the pictures tell the story of the mice. There is a great repeat pattern for students to chant along with at the end of each page. This book provides a great opportunity for teaching inferring or predicting. The pictures give hints about what will go missing the following day!
Bvlmc Buchanan Verplanck Elementary School
When granny begins to plan her granddaughters birthday, she thinks she’s losing her mind as all the things she buys or gathers together to make her signature dish disappear. But then she learns the truth and life in her kitchen and home will never be the same. A fun, silly book written with a mix of English and Spanish.

Barbara Lovejoy
Oct 31, 2011 Barbara Lovejoy rated it really liked it
This author is a favorite so that is probably why I have this book from the 2003 NABE (National Assn. for Bilingual Education) Conference. It is a delightful book sprinkled with Spanish words and reflecting the Hispanic culture. It's a book to put in our Esperanza Library--in the Founding Board members' section.
Mar 18, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: K-2
Recommended to Jess by: Mom
Shelves: picture-books, z_12
Rosa Maria is planning for her granddaughter's birthday...perhaps some mice are as well.

A happy story with helpful mice and colorful illustrations. Rosa Maria is as kind as you'd like her to be.

Practice reading ahead if you don't speak Spanish. And if you don't, "No importa!" -- a pronunciation guide is include in the back of the book for the 15 or so Spanish words used.
Apr 21, 2011 Tara rated it it was amazing
This book shows that it doesn't matter if you have mice as long as you and your family are together everything else will fall into place. You could use this book for a spanish lesson because it has many spanish words in it. You could use this to show children how to figure out the meaning of a word by looking at teh sentences around it.
Ruth Ann
Rosa Maria, grandmother, is getting ready for the seventh birthday of her grandchild, Little Catalina. She has seven days and a long list. Just in case there are mice in the house, she sets a trap.

The mice are reading Rosa Maria's list and are making a list of their own. Is it because they are helpful or because they want to foil Rosa Maria's plans?

Recipes on back cover.
Olivia Jackson
This book is a great way to link Spanish heritage to literature. It had a few words in Spanish, but they were followed by clues in English to help the reader understand the meaning of the word. It was also an amusing look at what a Spanish birthday party would be like; students could use this to compare their traditional birthday parties to the one in the book.
Brianna Boyce
Jan 14, 2014 Brianna Boyce rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
This is a wonderful book about a forgetful Grandmother who is planning a party for her Granddaughter. The book focuses on family from the Hispanic culture and provides a plethora of new words to learn.
Mar 26, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
Pam Munoz Ryan is one of my favorite children's authors. This is a cute story about mice that help out the woman by filling a pinata for her. In return for their help, she lets them stay in her home.
Traci Bold
Jan 06, 2016 Traci Bold rated it it was amazing
A cute picture book to introduce Spanish words for a festive book reading party recipe.

Written by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Joe Cepeda and published by Scholastic.

#PBook #diversity @PamMunozRyan @joecepeda @Scholastic
Nov 02, 2007 Kate rated it liked it
Rosa Maria is planning a party for her granddaughter and everyone is invited, except the mice. They have plans for their own celebration, but still find the time to help Rosa Maria with her party, with out her knowledge.
Fisal Ansari
Aug 04, 2011 Fisal Ansari rated it it was amazing
Grades 5--YA

Realistic fiction



Personal response:
I learned about pinyatas and Latino foods and traditions.

Curricular or programming connections:
Social studies lesson.
Jul 28, 2012 Lalena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me gusta mucho este livro. Las ilustracíones son vibrantes y bellas. La abuelita y los ratones son dulces y graciosos. Mientras de leyendo imaginaba la voz de mi abuela.

Por favor corregir mis errores. Aprendo Español.
Breana Fitzgerald
This book was very fun and engaging. It is about a grandmother getting ready for a birthday party and she is very forgetful. She tried to get rid of mice and the mice end up helping her at the end. She realizes that her mothers old saying was right all along. There is some Spanish in the book too.
Christina Maksymczuk
This book teaches, days of the week. some Spanish, how to plan a party and about how to help others.
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