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The Runaway Tortilla

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  109 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
In Texas, Tia Lupe and Tio Jose make the best tortillas -- so light that the cowboys say they just might jump right off the griddle. One day, a tortilla does just that. The tortilla runs through the desert pursued by two horned toads, three donkeys, four jackrabbits, five rattlesnakes, and six buckaroos. She is finally outwitted by Senor Coyote in this Lone Star twist on ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 13th 2000 by Winslowhouse International
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Megan Thorman
Oct 13, 2016 Megan Thorman rated it it was ok
One reason I chose this book to explore myself is because of just the cover of the book! With a title like "The Runaway Tortilla" how could you resist. I thought that children would pick up this book to read for the same reason I did. I soon saw that throughout the story the author uses some Spanish words and the children can learn them while they read. The tortilla runs away so that she won't be eaten and everyone in the house and all the animals she passes by on the way have to chase her. Even ...more
Hunter Thomas
This book was strange. The tortilla was very full of herself, and the mention of donkeys being jackasses seemed somewhat inappropriate for the age group that the book is intended for. I was expecting this book to teach more about Mexican culture, but instead, it just took some themes from Mexico and retold the story of the Gingerbread Man.
Olivia George
Oct 13, 2016 Olivia George rated it liked it
A nice spin off of the muffin man story. This book could have also been considered an ethnicity book.
Elliott Smith
Jun 28, 2016 Elliott Smith rated it it was amazing
The Runaway Tortilla is an amusing, delightful (and somewhat dark) story which adapts the traditional story of the Gingerbread Man, retelling it with some Tex-Mex influences.

This is the story of a tortilla, which is described poetically as “light as a cloud and soft as the fuzz on a baby’s cheek." The tortilla is so light, in fact, that he hops up and runs out of the taqueria. He runs away, with the owners of the taqueria pursuing him. They are soon joined by creatures such as burros, lizards, a
Oct 14, 2012 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: rls-520

Fairy Tale Review #1

The Runaway Tortilla is a modern adaptation of the classic The Gingerbread Boy. This book is set in southwestern United States and closely follows the original story. Some of the main differences are the fact it’s a tortilla girl, she is being made to eat (not as a cure to loneliness), and the creatures that chase her are native to the desert. This book would be great a part of a fairy tale analysis project to compare different versions of this classic tale. The illustrations
Sep 07, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fractured fairy tale units; kids, say, 2nd on up
Super fun rolling haughty tortilla story. Really, do you need to know more?

Fractured fairy tale version of The Gingerbread Man set in Texas. It's one of my favorite fractured fairy tales to use with classes* since it easily works with 4th & 5th grade. Great example of changes in setting & character.

OK, so the repetition may get a little long BUT when that coyote shows up, hey now, you've got them. The room's quiet for everyone is waiting to see just what will happen.

*Yeah, so Kimmel us
Year Published: 2000

This story is a fairy tale set with tortillas that are running away. It seems similar to the Gingerbread Man in that as the tortilla is running away she has a song that goes, "run as fast as fast can be. You won't get a bit of me. Doesn't matter what you do. I'll be far ahead of you!" As the tortilla is running away animals run after her and the number increases with every type of animal. I liked this story and even the ending is different as it is not "happily ever after" fo
Connie Eberhart
Sep 17, 2013 Connie Eberhart rated it it was ok
This would be a fun multi cultural take on the Gingerbread Man story and easily to adapt to a literary analysis for older students. My problem is this....the author refers to the donkeys as "jackasses" and I get that it has two meanings but it sent my 6 year old into a 5 minute rant about swearing and bad words. We finally read the story and she did like it, but unless you are going to alter the verbiage, be prepared to loose your kids in the donkey page.
Monica Ver Meer
Jun 08, 2016 Monica Ver Meer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edrd-614
The Runaway Tortilla is a southwestern take on the classic tale of the Gingerbread Man. The light and fluffy tortilla runs away from the restaurant and goes on an adventure throughout the Texas dessert, singing a catchy tune about not being caught. This would be fun to read in comparison to it's fairy tale match. The mix of English and Spanish throughout the book also many it a fun read for many of my students.
Wonderful retelling of the gingerbread man with the use of action words like slithering, scampering and galloping. I was glad to see that the people are short and stout, rather than the typical tall and thin. While not happy ever after, I liked the ending. Soft illustrations were ok.

Uses the word "Jackasses" when the tortilla spoke to donkeys.
A Southwestern retelling of the Gingerbread Man that begins in a Texan taquería with a runaway tortilla declaring "I'm too beautiful to eat!" The vain tortilla encounters a variety of South Texas critters like rattlesnakes and jackrabbits until finally meeting her match in a clever coyote. A fun read aloud that adds a fresh perspective to a popular story.
Dec 18, 2013 Camilla rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-lit, 2013-books
A nice, culturally diverse folktale to compare with the gingerbread man (sametales in different parts of the world, etc.).

Favorite line?
"Hee-haw! Hee-haw! Come bray with us, Senorita Tortilla!"
"Silly jackasses! Catch me if you can!" the tortilla yelled.
Deana Pittman
Mar 22, 2010 Deana Pittman rated it really liked it
Abbi loved this one! It is very similar to the story of the gingerbread man, but with a Spanish theme...very cute!
I would not use this book as a read aloud. This is a Texas version of the story. This story wasn't bad, but I didn't find it to be a particularly interesting take on the Gingerbread Man story.
Aug 21, 2008 Dayna rated it liked it
Shelves: childrensbooks
a similar story to that of the Gingerbread Boy. We read them together and compared the similarities in the two books.
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Eric A. Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1946. He attended PS 193, Andries Hudde Junior High School, and Midwood High School. Brooklyn College was across the street from his high school, so he didn’t want to go there. He headed west, to Easton, Pennsylvania where he graduated from Lafayette College in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature.
Eric worked as an elementary school teache
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