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P Is for Piñata: A Mexico Alphabet (Discover the World)

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The country of Mexico has long been a popular travel destination. But there's much more to enjoy and appreciate than just sunshine and warm temperatures when exploring this region with its ancient history and proud traditions. Enjoy an A-Z tour of our neighbor to the south in P is for Piñata: A Mexico Alphabet. Young readers can visit the tomb of a Mayan king, experience t ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 23rd 2008 by Sleeping Bear Press
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Diana V.
Jun 30, 2012 Diana V. rated it liked it
Genre: Nonfiction – Information Book
Lexile level: (not found) Early Childhood/ Preschool

Organization: “P is for Piñata – A Mexican Alphabet” is organized based on the modern English alphabet, which consists of twenty-six letters. Each letter is designated with a relevant word in the Mexican vocabulary with a brief description of such word. For instance, the letter A is for Adobe – “Adobe is a certain kind of brick. It’s made from straw and mud that’s very thick.” In addition, there is a more d
Jun 14, 2011 Angie rated it it was ok
The illustrations are beautiful.

The information ... more than adequate. Though some of the alphabet choices are a bit strange.

The rhymes? AWFUL.
"Maize is eaten in many ways,
like sopes and quesadillas.
One perfect way of eating it
is humble, warm tortillas."

"The rain god has a lot of different names,
But what he does has always been the same.
He sits up in his cloudy-damp domain
and when he wants to, lets fall all the rain."

Not super impressed. Worth looking at for the pictures. But then ... put it aw
Jessica Jones
Oct 30, 2013 Jessica Jones rated it liked it
Word Count: 5,549
Reading Level: 5.8
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.8 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 126905 (01/12/09) / grade: Middle Genre: Nonfiction – Information Book
Lexile level: (not found) Early Childhood/ Preschool

This book tells readers all about mexico in a a-z walk through of what mexico and Mexican culture has to offer. This book goes through the alphabet as it covers thing like the Ballet Folklorico a famous Mexican dance and Lady Guadalupe the saint of mexico. T
Jul 14, 2014 winda rated it liked it
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Adobe. Ballet Folkrórico. Cacao. Diego Rivera. Emperor. Folk art. lady of Guadalupe. Hairless dog. Independence monument. Juhitán. Kahlo. Lava. Maize. Netzahualcóyotl. Olympic games. Picky pear. Quetzal. Rain God. Skeleton. Tomb. Usmacinta river. Vaquero. Weave. Xochimilco. Yoke. Zero.

i like the illustration
Jun 08, 2011 Keri-Lynn rated it it was amazing
Definitely a winner. I've never seriously considered visiting Mexico before but this book was much more interesting than any "grown-up" ones I've read on the subject, making me wish I had seen the country. I especially appreciated the folk art illustrations-very much in keeping with traditional Mexican art.
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What's weird is that inside the book, P is actually for prickly pear.

Also, it's interesting that probably two-thirds of the words are English. Not good or bad, just interesting.

Also, I like that the very mixed heritage that makes up Mexico is represented. Olmec, Maya, mestizo. Modern history, ancient history. Nature and culture. Good stuff overall, just a little weird.
Katie Scherrer
A beautiful trip through Mexico, one letter at a time. By just reading the lines at each letter and skipping the more in-depth information, this book can be a good choice for a preschool storytime program. This book is in English, with some Spanish words mixed in.
Oct 06, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it
Colorful and informative. But it is sort of annoying that a book called "P is for Pinata" actually does not feature a pinata at all. (Prickly Pear instead!) Silly. :P
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Lots and lots of info, best suited for school age kids.
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Tony Johnston has written many acclaimed books for young people. She and her husband lived in Mexico for fifteen years, where they raised their children. She now lives in San Marino, California.
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