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Salsa Stories

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  56 ratings  ·  16 reviews
With energy, sensitivity, and warmth, readers are introduced to a symphony of colorful characters whose childhood stories dance through a year of holidays and customs in different parts of Latin America. Recipes included.
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Scholastic Press
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I think this was a cute book. This book was about a girl that was given a gift (I won't tell you what it was) and uses it to record different stories from members of her family. I enjoyed the different stories in the book. There was a family tree at the beginning of the book and favorite recipes from different members of the family in the back. I believe this book would be a good read for a girl probably in the third or fourth grade. There were some Spanish words woven into the stories, however...more
I enjoyed these original and moving short stories. I was excited when I flipped through the book and saw that recipes were included. My husband loves to cook and I love to eat all kinds of different foods so I look forward to giving one of these a try. Although many Latino books may focus superficially on the foods and holidays from different countries, these stories are so much more than that. However, the importance of food, family, and celebrations to each culture is apparent in every story....more
Salsa Stories is a charming book filled with heart felt stories told with a latin american flair. The main character is Carmen Teresa. At the beginning of the book she is given a blank notebook as a present. She is given advice from her neighbors and her huge family as to what she will write in it. Her family thinks she should gather up stories from family members that they can remember from their childhood. Most of the book are these stories. And there are a lot of stories to tell. But in the e...more
The Reading Countess
Ordered through Scholastic using bonus points, I picked this one up for three main reasons: it was a collection of short stories and I am constantly adding shorter texts to both serve as mentor texts and to read during days that our GT population is out of the room and I cannot read from our chapter read aloud; but perhaps most importantly because it was a multi-cultural text. I don't think teachers can share stories about ALL kinds of people enough. I want my students to recognize themselves in...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Wonderful for families, perhaps especially those who have Hispanic neighbors. Very quick read. Most of the recipes look delicious and doable, if you've got kids the right age and can spend some time bonding with them in the kitchen. Would also be good in a classroom.

I just can't get terribly excited by it, though. I think part of the problem was that the characters were too superficially drawn - I didn't hear different voices for all the different story-tellers, or even for the 'Main' character....more
I read the short story, "New Year's Day." Musical rhythmic language mix delightfully with sensory details of food, music, and conversation to create an immersive storytelling experience. This is a celebration of life and all its joys--family, food, culture, and heritage. To read this is to fall in love with language and details, and to long for a Mama to cook you special dinners! I look forward to reading the rest of the stories in this book!
Kind of a cute book, but I couldn't really get interested in it. It's more of a collection of small stories from the girl's family rather than a story with an actual plot. They are all centered around Spanish culture so that part was fun. My favorite part was the recipes in the back of the book. I think that it would be fun to make some for Jacob, since he served part of his mission in Mexico.
se trata of family muy happy y de una senora que era jefa de su madre y son muy buenos cuentos que pueden difrutar y a lo ultimo tiene resetas de comida como dulce de leche arroz con pollo y su abuelo le sucede una tragedia se quema su apartamento pero la idea de la alfonbra que le digo que hiciera
On New Year's Day, Carmen Teresa's Maryland home is filled with relatives, friends, and neighbors from all over Latin America. When Dona Joseph gives Carmen a blank notebook, each guest tells her a story to write down. But Carmen has an idea of her own. Illustrations.
Brooke won this book at school and brought it home for us to read together.

I enjoyed reading it and thought maybe we could make one if the recipes at the end when Brooke finishes reading it.
I love the woodcuts and the recipes, and I appreciate the book's focus on Latin American culture, but the stories themselves are bland, even for the target age group.
Tracy Clay Peralta
Each chapter is a vingette, of a story of one member of a family. Cute quick read about traditions and family relationships in a Hispanic culture.
Great book! I liked the recipes and stories a lot.
Marley Hernandez
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celebrating new years with your family is so much fun!
i want to resd itt
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Grew up on the outskirts of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband. Lulu raised their two daughters, Verónica and Alicia, bilingual.
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