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What Can You Do with a Rebozo? / ¿Qué puedes hacer con un rebozo?

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A cradle for baby, a superhero's cape, a warm blanket on a cool night--there are so many things you can do with a rebozo. Through the eyes of a young girl, readers are introduced to the traditional shawl found in many Mexican and Mexican-American households.

Now in an English/Spanish bilingual edition, the lively rhyme and brightly-colored illustrations of the original are
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Tricycle Press (first published April 2008)
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Sandra Madrid
What Can You Do with a Rebozo? is a book centered around a rebozo. The book explains that a rebozo is, a woven shall that many use in the Mexican culture. This book teaches children the importance of a rebozo because it shows how it can be used. This book is appropriate because it depicts something of importance within the Mexican culture. One thing to mention is that other countries too, for example those in Central America, also use something similar to a rebozo.
This book uses appealing illus
Oct 10, 2016 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A rebozo is a very useful scarf in this Pura Belpre award winning book.
"What Can You Do with a Rebozo/Que Puedes hacer con un Rebozo?" demonstrates the many uses of a Mexican shawl. The text is presented in both English and Spanish and the illustrations are beautiful and rich with color.

Text-to-Self: One of the uses for a rebozo is as a wrap in which an infant can be carried or "worn" by a caregiver. I wore my youngest in a variety of carriers well into his toddlerhood. It was a wonderful experience to have him close and safe and have a free hand or two to do other
May 09, 2015 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young girl shows all the different ways you can use a rebozo, a Mexican shawl. She explains how various members of her family, like her grandmother, mother, big sister, and even her uncle use a rebozo, and recounts the games she plays with her younger brother and cousins. The uses are diverse: as a shawl, carrying a baby, keeping warm, as a superhero cape, making a tunnel, and cleaning up a mess, among others. The young girl ends the story by sharing that her favorite use is when dancing La Ba ...more
What Can You Do With a Rebozo? By Carmen Tafolla Primary
Text to World
In the book What Can You Do With a Rebozo? you learn how a rebozo can be wrapped into a “cozy cradle” for a baby. Many people who have babies or young children with them use a wrap like the rebozo. They use them to “baby wear” I noticed a trend when I had my last baby. The rebozo meets many needs of people.

This book does expose children to multiple perspectives and values.
The book is written in English and Spanish. The book de
Miss Balzaretti
In Carmon Tafolla’s Pura Belpre Honor book, she writes about a young girl answers the book’s main question “what can you do with a rebozo?”. A rebozo is a shawl worn by Mexican women for many centuries. Their wide variety of uses is illustrated throughout the story. Cordova’s illustrations, I feel represent the Mexican culture very well as she incorporates many cultural aspects into the illustrations just as Tafolla does in the text. I like that the names of characters were authentic to Mexican ...more
Cayla Caudillo
Oct 29, 2014 Cayla Caudillo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Para los ninos, Tafolla and Cordova weave together a delightful swirl of color, rhythm, and rhyme, delightful as a rebozo.

Carmen Tafolla is a widely anthologized Mexican-American poet, with poems and stories for children and adults appearing in more than two hundred anthologies. A recipient of the Art of Peace Award, she has been recognized by the Texas Book Festival, Wellington International Poetry Festival, and the National Association of Chicano Studies. She enjoys inventing use
Sep 22, 2013 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"What Can You Do with a Rebozo" is a 2009 Americas Award Commended Title. In this story, a girl describes the many uses for a rebozo, a Mexican shawl. The illustrations in this story are exuberant and they portray the Mexican culture in a positive, colorful light. There are many things in the illustrations that tie in the culture, for example the pieces of art on the wall in the background and the colorful clothing worn by the narrator. This book shows what a rebozo is by giving examples of its ...more
The illustrations for this are immensely cheerful, bright, and engaging. I also love that the focus of the story is on taking an ordinary shawl and finding many imaginative and practical uses for it, everything from keeping warm to making a slide for stuffed animals. I had actually not heard of a rebozo before this, and the books is a good introduction to this particular cultural artifact. The note at the end, which explains rebozos a bit further and gives their background as being particularly ...more
A cute, simple story told by a young Mexican-American girl who shares with the reader the different ways in which you can use a rebozo, which is a Mexican shawl worn by women. Rebozos can be used for a wide variety of things. According to author Carmen Tafolla, the rebozo can be used for dressing up for a party, wrapping a baby, or carrying loads of firewood. It can be used as an umbrella, a cape, or even as a towel. Rebozos come in many colors, and can be made from a variety of materials. Some ...more
Sarah Sammis
Dec 02, 2010 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What Can You do with a Rebozo by Carmen Tafolla is one of Harriet's current favorite books. She picked it for its colorful cover with a little girl holding up a red rebozo over her head. The girl on the cover reminds my daughter of one of her best friends.

A rebozo is a sturdy and colorful Mexican shall that women use for a number of purposes from covering their heads to slinging their children. The book has a number of other uses from super hero capes, to blankets, to slides and all sorts of ide
A Mexican-American girl finds that her mother's rebozo, or Mexican shawl, can be used in many practical, decorative and imaginative ways. It is understandable why this book was listed as a 2009 ALA Notable Children's Book, as well as a 2009 Pura Belpre Illustration Honor Book. The brightly colored illustrations bring to mind the wonderful rainbow of colors and patterns that can be found in traditional Mexican clothing and art. The rhyme, rhythm and simple, but well-crafted text, make this story ...more
What Can You Do with a Rebozo? By Carmen Tafolla introduces the reader to traditional Mexican clothing, specifically the rebozo. Through this cute story of all the things you can “do” with a rebozo, it also familiarizes the reader with a staple of Mexican clothing and culture. According to the book there are a GREAT many things you can do with a rebozo, aside from "just" wearing it. This book is a beautiful celebration of Mexican culture from the importance of family, tradition, and clothing. Th ...more
Sabrina Henry
This book is about a Mexican-American girl and her family. They showed the many ways a rebozo( Mexican shawl) can be used. It is simple yet informative. It is very colorful, which kind of depicts the colors of the Mexican art.
I like the rhythm in the book as well. The illustrations grabbed my attention as they were bright and welcoming. This book basically teaches us about a little part of the Mexican culture.
My research about this book, lead me to discovering that it was listed as a 2009 AL
Oct 04, 2015 Stacy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is written in both Spanish and English. It is a question and answer book that teaches students a little bit about Mexico's culture. During the narrative the Rebozo is never defined, instead the reader is able to imply what a Rebozo is from the creative question/answer format. In the end there is an authors note giving a more en-depth explanation of a Rebozo. This book works great in a culturally diverse classroom because the students who identify with the culture become very engaged to ...more
Feb 11, 2016 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pix-books
Grade: K-3
Subject: Family, traditions, Spanish, Bilingual
Vocabulary/Key Concepts: rebozo
Awards: 2009 Pura Belpré Award, honor book

Students may enjoy the playful connection the main character has with her cultures’ use of the Mexican shawl. It is noted that the illustrations have been drawn with acrylic on paper. The paint gives the illustrations a different look that really grabs the attention of the reader who cannot help but be drawn into the text solely by the pictures. I would use this book
This book is about a Mexican girl and her family. She explains all of the different things that her family does with a rebozo, or Mexican shawl, such as using it to keep warm or clean up spills. This book is full of colorful illustrations that can help children appreciate the colors and patterns used in traditional Mexican clothing and art. The illustrations also help to depict dance styles of Mexican culture. This book can help children understand that a simple object (such as a rebozo) can hol ...more
Another English-with-some-Spanish book that does such a great job of showing a bit of culture with the many uses of shawls!
Evelyn Mauldin
Nov 16, 2015 Evelyn Mauldin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cordova wrote this book about a "rebozo," which is a Mexican blanket that women use in many different ways. The book features a young girl who demonstrates the all the different uses of rebozos, such as blankets, carriers for children, make-believe props, and fashion statements. Cordova brings a different cultural item into light, yet relates it to activities that a common across many families. This book would be beneficial in explaining traditional objects in other cultures, but could also be r ...more
This book is about a Mexican girl and her family. She explains all of the different things that her family does with a rebozo, or Mexican shawl, such as using it to keep warm or clean up spills. This book is full of colorful illustrations that can help children appreciate the colors and patterns used in traditional Mexican clothing and art. The illustrations also help to depict dance styles of Mexican culture. This book can help children understand that a simple object (such as a rebozo) can hol ...more
Oct 17, 2012 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a Latin scarf called a Rebozo, which can be used for many different things. They used it now for special events but it used be used for many things like dancing, used for warmth, and blankets. I think this book is centered towards k-4. It is a good fit because it talks about a part of a culture of a specific area. I would use this in my class when talking about the many cultures of the world!
Gail Barge
What a fun book! I loved this book right away, and it introduced me to something I was not familiar with: a rebozo! This book shows how important such a simple object can be to families in a specific culture. I would like to use this book in a class with a majority or Mexican students and see if they are familiar with a rebozo. This could also led to a sharing time where students bring in objects that are important in their families culture.
Jenna Hannibal
Audience- Primary. Boys and Girls

Appeal- Bright colors. Fun and imaginative activities in book.

Application- This is a great book to familiarize children with Mexican culture. I personally had never heard of a rebozo, so I think it would be nice to share something like this with students.

Awards- Nominated for Pura Belpre Award. Wont American Library Association Notable Books for Children.
Kandice Buck
This book is great for introducing Hispanic culture. This book is about a little girls who explains all the different ways a Rebozo can be used. While teaching the different ways that are available with a Rebozo, this book also introduces a small amount of Spanish. This would be an entertaining book for the classroom. While the kids have fun listening and interacting with this book, they will also be learning some Spanish words. It will broaden their vocabulary.
April Helms
This book conjures up images of the days where a blanket could be a superhero cape, wings, or (with a box or a table) a tent. Here, a young girl shows what a rebozo -- a woven Mexican shawl -- can do, from fanciful to practical. A nice addition are the questions students can answer in the back, on what they might be able to do with a rebozo. The illustrations, like the book, are colorful and fanciful, and the text is easy to read.
A young girl ponders the many things her family does with her mother's rebozo (scarf). It can become a pretty shawl, a way to carry a baby, a way to play peek-a-boo. The many things she can do with a rebozo take up an entire day! And at the end of the day, when she falls asleep, her mother comes and covers her with the rebozo.

Cultural info included. Good story, rhymes are a bit clumsy and not consistent.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Apparently you can do quite a bit with a rebozo--and a little imagination! Wonder where I can get one? This was a 2009 Pura Belpre Award honor book for illustrations. I'd like to know exactly how the big sister roped the rebozo through her hair. I would think it would be too bulky. I appreciated the added information about rebozos at the end of the book, and the discussion questions as well. Very nice!
Hannah Jefferson
This is a fun book for children which lists all the interesting things which can be done with a rebozo, a knitted Mexican shawl. It is told in a lively, upbeat manner and has engaging illustrations.

This book teaches kids about clothing from another culture and can also open up discussions: do they know of any other clothing items similar to a rebozo? Have they ever worn or played with these items as is done in this book?
Sep 28, 2009 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A young girl and her family show the endless uses for a rebozo, a traditional Mexican woven shawl, in their daily lives. From a shoulder or hair wrap, to a play toy for hide and seek or peek-a-boo, to a shawl for warmth, a cape for a costume, or even a towel to wipe up spills. This item is obviously more than just a piece of clothing to the Hispanic culture; it is an essential part of their everyday lives and family!
Nicole Holden
Sep 16, 2012 Nicole Holden rated it liked it
Shelves: ell-books
I love the way this book educates you on about a rebozo. It tells how a robozo has many different uses, you use it to wrap a baby, carry wood or even dressing up a party. I think this book would be inviting to any Mexican ELL because it would remind them of their home in Mexico. This Book comes in English and Spanish version, and having both editions would be beneficial for the ELL’s in the classroom. They will become familiarized with English words as they read the Spanish version.
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