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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  224 ratings  ·  68 reviews
!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 October 1st 2005 by Holiday House (first published September 1st 2004)
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Sarah Sammis
Aug 27, 2011 Sarah Sammis rated it 3 of 5 stars
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.
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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
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.
Angie Martinez
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
Betty Kim
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
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
A fun twist on the traditional Little Red Hen story. I wasn't sure it would be a storytime all-star, but the kids loved the pattern central to the story, and verbally empathized with the characters! And everybody loved that there is Spanish in it!
Vanessa Peavy
Jan 26, 2012 Vanessa Peavy rated it 3 of 5 stars
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?
A cute "Little Red Hen" parody with a twist at the end!
A cute little book with a splash of Spanish.
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.
Monique Welch
a little difficult for him to understand but it was funny.
Kelli Best
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!
Oct 03, 2010 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Michelle Carter
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.
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.
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.
Linda Costello
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.
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!
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.
Jeanine Madden
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
Meg McGregor
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.
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.
Megan Rowland
Know the story of the Little Red Hen? This book will remind you of it. It is a great book to read if an ELL (or any child) is feeling out of place. Also, if a teacher wants to boost their ELL's ego, they can maybe ask them to read the book aloud and teach how to pronounce some of the words.
Cute book with a lesson and Spanish words to boot. Fun to read to the kids. Good talking book where we can really get the kids talking about teamwork, how we make others feel, and the importance of not just enjoying the fun things but working together thru the difficult stuff as well.
Melissa Nastja
Iguana wants to make a party. His friends don't want to help him send invitations, make food, or decorate. So Iguana taught them a lesson and did not let them come to the party. So they cleaned up while Iguana was sleeping. They became friends again and ate left overs together.
This is about friendship and helping out. At the beginning of the story, nobody wants to help Iguana plan for a party. All Iguana's friends make excuses about why they cannot help out. At the end of the story, they realize that they should of gave a helping hand.
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
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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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