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Manana, Iguana

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!Caramba! Iguana is planning a fiesta. Tortuga the tortoise, Conejo the rabbit, and Culebra the snake all want to come. But do they want to help Iguana deliver invitations or stuff the pinata or cook the food? No, no, and no! A lazy trio loses out in this clever update of the story of the Little Red Hen with a Mexican twist. A glossary of Spanish words is included.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Holiday House (first published September 1st 2004)
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Sarah Sammis
Dec 20, 2010 Sarah Sammis rated it liked it
Recommended to Sarah by: Sean
Mañana Iguana by Ann Whitford Paul was one of Harriet's recent picks at the library. On Monday (Lunes) Iguana decides to host a fiesta on Sunday (Domingo). Although her three friends are excited about the party, they don't seem very excited about helping plan or set it up.

It is a Spanish and English retelling of The Little Red Hen but recast with an Iguana, a Rabbit (Conejo), a Turtle (Tortuga) and a Snake (Culebra). Rabbit's excuse is always that he is "too fast." Turtle meanwhile is "too slow.
A desert version of the Little Red Hen. The hardworker is Iguana who is busy planning a fiesta to celebrate spring. I especially like the ending because the three lazy friends are not excluded from the party, only from being hosts. The friends help Iguana later so it ends with a lesson learned and good feelings all around.
Oct 11, 2015 A. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
A happier take on the "Little Red Hen." Plus Spanish vocab! Great book!
Nov 15, 2012 Laurie rated it really liked it
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Danielle Bartelmay
Nov 15, 2015 Danielle Bartelmay rated it really liked it
This is a story about an iguana that wants to throw a party. Each day leading up to the party she asks her friends for help setting up the party, but they refuse. On the day of the party, Iguana refuses to allow her friends to join the party because they would not help setup the party. The next day, Iguana finds out that her friends cleaned up the party so she shares her leftovers with them. This a great book for introducing social-emotional skills, as well as including some Spanish in the class ...more
Armanda Campbell
Iguana decides that it would be a great idea to have a fiesta. She tells her friends about the idea and they are all so excited. When she asks them who will help her, nobody seems to have the time. She gives them numerous opportuniities to help her with the preparations, but they all continue to have excuses. When it's time for the festivities, all of her friends want to come, but Iguana says no, because they never wanted to help her get everything ready. Her friends are so heartbroken, but they ...more
Becky B
Iguana is preparing a fiesta, but when it comes to writing invitations, delivering invitations, stuffing the piñata or any of the other party prep, it seems everyone has fantastic reasons why they can't help. However, come party time they are more than willing to welcome guests, but Iguana puts her foot down and just maybe some critters learn a lesson.

If you didn't figure it out already, this is an adaptation of the Little Red Hen, so it lends itself to compare/contrast activities with other ada
Megan Phillips
Manana, Iguana is a great tool for getting ESOL students to feel accepted in the class. Perhaps if they are comfortable enough, they could even teach the class how to pronounce the Spanish words throughout the story.

Students could make predictions before beginning the story about what they think the story will be about. Students could then make a prediction about what they think will happen throughout the story.

This story deals with friendship because it gets students to think about how they wo
Betty Kim
Apr 17, 2011 Betty Kim rated it it was amazing
Mañana Iguana, Conejo the rabbit, Tortuga the tortoise, and Culebra the snake are excited about having a spring party, a fiesta. However, only Iguana is willing to do any of the work such as writing and delivering the invitations, stuffing the piñata, cooking the food and hanging the streamers. This is why Conejo the rabbit, Tortuga the tortoise, and Culebra the snake could not enjoy the fiesta, so they cleaned for Iguana. This book represents Hispanic culture by using the words fiesta piñata. T ...more
Vanessa Peavy
Jan 26, 2012 Vanessa Peavy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: pre-k -- 3rd
Shelves: ece-3601
Cute book! reminded me of the book called "The Little Red Hen". The colors were fun to look at. The expression of animals. It is also funny. the snake is a silly character.

Lesson Idea: Comparison
- Read Manana Iguana & Little Red Hen. Discuss the basic plots of both stories.
- Make a comparison chart to fill out the characters, setting and events.

Questions that can be asked: Why did these authors choose to write about the same story? Why do you think they choose the characters for each story?
Seher Patka
This book can be included in so many different lessons. I loved it! Manana Iguana is based off the tale "Little Red Hen" with a Mexican twist to it. Iguana is having a party, and she needs help passing out the invitations, cooking the food, and doing the decorations. But, the animals all say "yo no"- they won't help! Iguana is kind enough to let the animals have some food after they help her clean up after the party. This book can be used for sequencing.
May 07, 2010 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
The same crew from Fiesta Fiasco come together with a new friend named iguana. This is a Spanish-language inspired take on classic story, "The Little Red Hen" and it is a fun book to read aloud. In fact, I think that will be one of my favorite new responses to a pestering five year old: "Manana Iguana!" We've read this one a couple of times and our girls really enjoyed listening to the book on cd.
Iguana wants to plan a fiesta and she asks her friends, Conejo, Tortuga, and Culebra for help. They all have plenty of excuses why they can't. When the guests start arriving, Iguana bars her friends from greeting them and attending the party. They get the message loud and clear and are determined to make amends.

Manana, Iguana is full of humor and has a great lesson to tell. It is interspersed with Spanish words to get kids introduced to another language.
Sep 06, 2015 Joanna added it
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A hispanic retelling of The Little Red Hen, except Iguana is having a fiesta instead of baking bread. Culbera, Conejo, and Tortuga refuse to help, and when the time comes for the guests to arrive, Iguana finally puts her foot down and tells them that they cannot participate because they did not help. The trio make it up to Iguana, however, by cleaning up the mess for her while she sleeps.

This would be good for a Spanish class or for comparisons of popular folktales and fairy tales.
Apr 25, 2016 Anna rated it it was amazing
This is a fun Mexican twist on the classic story The Little Red Hen. Iguana wants to throw a party and needs her friends help! Throughout the story there are lessons to be learned. This book could teach children that helping is important, spanish words, and some mexican culture. It could be used to compare the original story to this version and explain how just like these books cultures can be different and similar too.
Kelli Best
Feb 09, 2008 Kelli Best rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kiddos
The classic tale of "The Little Red Hen", Southwestern style. Incorporates Spanish terms, and includes a glossary at the end. Well illustrated.

Iguana is planning a fiesta and looking for help from her friends, who manage to find excuses not to help. This results in her friends being un-invited to the fiesta, which causes them to have a change of heart.

A gift from Grammy Jeanne, who has great taste in books!
Aramis Troche
A bilingual little red hen story about Iguana, and her friends Conejo (rabbit), Tortuga (turtle), and Culebra (snake) who are planning a party. The illustrations do a good job of conveying Iguana's growing frustration. In the end her friends help her clean up after the party and enjoy the leftovers together.
Molli Hobgood
This poor Iguana just wants to throw a huge fiesta! To begin with all his friends are on board but very soon the lazy friends drop out leaving it all up to Iguana! This story is very interesting and can teach different lessons, such as don't be lazy! It is a Mexican version of the classic Little Red Hen, and can teach an extremely important lesson.
Jul 28, 2011 Efundunke rated it it was amazing
Si! This book is one of my favorites! My students enjoy learning Spanish. We practiced the days of the week and learned the names for rabbit (conejo), turtle (tortuga), and snake (culebra) in Spanish. We are preparing for our End of the first quarter fiesta manana, so this was a great story to lead up to it. We will also have a pinata!
Linda Costello
Apr 25, 2010 Linda Costello rated it it was amazing
This story is very similar to the Little Red Hen but with an Iguana. The Iguana is giving a party but noone will help him get ready. When it is time to start the party he greets his guests alone (and will not let his friends that were supposed to help take credit for the party). The his friends feel bad and clean up for him after he has fallen asleep.
Jeanine Madden
May 05, 2010 Jeanine Madden rated it really liked it
I absolutely love this book. This book is a take on The Little Red Hen story. It is done with a Spanish flare, using Spanish words intermittently throughout the book. This is a good read aloud book for 1st-3rd graders when doing a fiesta theme. A great book to pair with this is Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds
A wonderful story with lots of Spanish words; for the days of the week and for the main characters. This might be a little confusing when it comes to story time.
Iguana, Conejo, Tortuga, and Culebra are excited about having a spring party, but only Iguana is willing to do any of the work. Includes a glossary of Spanish words used.
Apr 09, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
Iguana wants throw a fiesta for the beginning of spring with her friends, Conejo, Tortuga, and Culebra (Rabbit, Tortoise, and Snake). Her friends say they want to throw the party with her, but no one wants to help. I love that there are simple, explained Spanish words throughout the story. That will definitely help include my Spanish speaking kids in storytime.
The Brothers
Feb 08, 2016 The Brothers rated it really liked it
A desert re-telling of the Little Red Hen story. But instead of a little hen making bread, it's an iguana throwing a party. As in the original story, none of Iguana's friends are inclined to help her get ready for the party and thusly are excluded from the festivities. But in the end, they do come around.

Great illustrations! Anyone who can draw an annoyed iguana has my vote!
May 30, 2010 Sheri rated it really liked it
Loved this story about the Iguana with Spanish word references. It is a version of the Little Red Hen story and fun to read about the iguana, tortoise, rattlesnake, and rabbit with days of the week in Spanish and other references to the language. And the pictures were great. I am studying her style and the use of characters in stories and the word length 677 words.
Michelle Carter
May 02, 2010 Michelle Carter rated it it was amazing
A new twist on an old classic. Everyone wants to join in on the party but no one wants to help get everything together. In the end, the friends see where they have let down a friend who did everything and decide it is time for everyone to help. I love the Spanish glossary in the front of the book and how the book goes through all the days of the week in Spanish. Great for calendar time.
Meg McGregor
May 20, 2013 Meg McGregor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-lexi
A very clever Mexican version of The Little Red Hen. Highly imaginative!

The illustrations are glorious and contain a real southwestern flavor!

The use of Spanish words throughout the text helps little ones learn the days of the week and also some other words related to a party!

Read again on May 17, 2014.
Angie Martinez
Nov 02, 2014 Angie Martinez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edu261
I really enjoyed this book because it includes Spanish language within the text. The story includes animals that talk to each other and the Iguana plans the party all by himself. He is upset. His friends end up cleaning the whole party and they realize how much work was put into the party. I gave this book 5 stars because it gives a good message to children and is a quick, easy read
Dec 06, 2013 Terresa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: easy-books, 2013
Everything you'd wish for in a children's picture book: good illustrations, whimsical detail, great voice, subtle humor, solid text, including an introduction to the Spanish language.

NOTE: This story is a spin-off from The Little Red Hen.

Grades: K-3
Wendy Jones
Such a great book! It is about an iguana that is planning a fiesta (in English, party). His friends are a little on the lazy side and are not being much help. There is a Spanish glossary included for the Spanish words used in the text. I love it!
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ANN WHITFORD PAUL, author of 'TWAS THE LATE NIGHT OF CHRISTMAS has always been crazy for Christmas, but overwhelmed by it, too. Afterwards she is worn-out and dreams that someone like Mrs. Saint Nick could help her out with the resulting chaos and mess.

Ann graduated from the University of Wisconsin and Columbia University School of Social Work. She became inspired to write picture books after yea
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