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Conejito: A Folktale from Panama

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Hardcover, 28 pages
Published January 27th 2006 by August House Publishers
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Title: Conejito: A Folktale from Panama
Author: Margaret Read MacDonald
Illustrator: Geraldo Valerio
Genre: Non-European Folktale
Theme(s): Family, Folklore, Journey, Persuasion
Opening line/sentence: “One day, Mama bunny told little bunny, Conejito, ‘Conejito my little bunny, it is vacation time..’”

Brief Book Summary:
Conejito is a Panama folktale about a bunny named Conejito who journeys to his aunt’s house, but runs into the fox. With his cunning ways, Conejito persuades the fox not to eat him.

Lizeth Velazquez
Mar 01, 2014 Lizeth Velazquez rated it it was amazing
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MacDonald, Margaret Read. Conejito. A Folktale from Panama. Little Rock: August House LittleFolk, 2006.

Characters: Conejito (Bunny), his mother, his tia Monica (aunt), Mr. Fox, Mr. Tiger, and Mr. Lion.
Setting: woods, and aunt Monica's house
Theme: Outsmarting larger and fierce animals
Genre: Folktale, cumulative tale, trickster
Plot/Summary: This charming folktale from Panama is about a Conejito and his tia Monica outwitting Senor Zorro, Senor Tigre, and Senor Leon. This folktale is interlaced with
Conejitoo is a great folktale book, and I cannot wait to read it to children. The first characteristic that I like about the story, is that is includes Spanish. Spanish is rapidly growing and spreading into a very popular conversation language. I think it is wise to incorporate Spanish into the lesson plans as young as first or second grade, and a requirement for courses to take in college. Also, Conejito teaches several lessons that benefit young children’s learning like when Conejito visits ...more
Michaela Zavala
Sep 08, 2013 Michaela Zavala rated it really liked it
The book was alright, very repetitive. It is good for early readers who come from a spanish and english speaking background. Conejito is a rabbit who goes and visits his aunt and runs into predators and has to trick them into not eating him. This book has a small message, that you can eat lots of junk foods like cookies and cake. But a child needs to eat healthy, such as drink water and eat fruits and veggies to grow up and be strong. It is a cute story and has a good moral of eating healthy and ...more
Tyler Jones
Jun 28, 2012 Tyler Jones rated it really liked it
This is a great story time book for kids who are about five or six. The kids find the Tia Monica song hilarious and will soon be joining in on the "ooh la la" part and the "gordito, gordito, gordito!" part. Of course the more you can ham it up the better! The big folk-arty illustrations also work well in large groups of kids. Silly in the best way and the kids enjoy learning a few Spanish words too.
A.J. Culey
Jun 23, 2016 A.J. Culey rated it it was amazing
This book is simply beautiful. The rhythm of the language and the illustrious are particularly wonderful. Always a favorite in my 2nd grade classroom (especially as I teach in a highly diverse area), the bilingual nature of the book was particularly appealing to my students as it reflects their reality.
Jordan Skiem
Jan 17, 2012 Jordan Skiem rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! There was fun Spanish integrated into this folktale from Panama. This would be a really fun book to read aloud to a class because there is a repetition that would allow for students to join in and say. This book had many different factors that would make it fun for the class. There is a song at the end as well that the students can sing along to.
Kate Hastings
Sep 22, 2007 Kate Hastings rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: PreK-3rd grade
Wonderful Latino tale about a little rabbit on his way to visit his aunt. On the way he runs into 3 predators, but convinces them not to eat him until AFTER he visits his aunt, who will make him big and fat. His aunt devises a plan to get him home safely.

Cute tale, I will be making it into a puppet show for the library this weekend. CUTE!!!
Katie Scherrer
Oct 08, 2008 Katie Scherrer rated it really liked it
Definitely fun for storytime! Good for movement themes or to use with other folktales from Latin America. Easy to get the kids repeating "Gordito, gordito, gordito!" Try pairing up with Jose-Luis Orozco's version of "Tia Monica" on his CD Diez Deditos!
Aug 31, 2016 Christabelle rated it it was amazing
I loved the mix of Spanish in the English text! The story was fun, too. I'm excited to find more titles from this author.
Read about how Conejito outwits the tiger, lion, and fox on his return from Teo Monica's home from up in the mountains.
Renee Brown
Jan 15, 2016 Renee Brown rated it really liked it
Margaret Mead MacDonald's folktale from Panama. Little rabbit Conejito meets three scary preadtors on his way to vist Auntie Monica - who helps him outwit his enemies and journey safely home.
Great version of a folk tale -- perfect for reading aloud. Lots of repetion and Spanish words (including pronunciation guide in back) and very cute. Another winner by MacDonald!
Aug 11, 2010 Emma rated it really liked it
Conejito is taking a trip to see his Tia Monica but meets a fox, a tiger, and a lion on his way. Bilingual. This would make a good flannel board.
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