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The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred

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PAs a farm girl prepares a cazuela (pot) of rice pudding, the animals on the farm eagerly help. Key English words change to Spanish as the cumulative verse builds to a delicious ending. Includes a glossary and a recipe for arroz con leche.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Charlesbridge (first published January 1st 2011)
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Betsy
Aug 04, 2011 Betsy rated it it was amazing
I am lucky to work in a children’s room with a significantly sized bilingual section. The books you’ll find there cover a wide range of languages. Chinese, Arabic, Urdu, you name it. Of them the largest section by far is the Spanish language section. Of course, what we don’t really include in this section are books that integrate Spanish words into English text, though the stories are predominantly in English. There really isn’t a name for this kind of book, which is a real pity since they serve ...more
Garren
Oct 05, 2016 Garren rated it really liked it
Apt art. The english word for everything before it goes into the spanish version in 'The House that Jack Built' style. And a recipe! This is top tier stuff.
Tasha
May 11, 2011 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a fresh, fabulous cumulative tale that is made spicier and more interesting thanks to the Spanish sprinkled liberally throughout. It is the story of a farm maiden who stirred a pot. Once she started stirring, all of the animals wanted to help with what she was cooking. The cow gave milk, the hen gave eggs and zested the lime which was picked by the donkey who was carrying the duck to the market. Eventually everyone is waiting for the treat to be finished until they started playing music ...more
Kathryn
Sep 27, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it
This was probably a "three star" for me as I didn't personally find the "story" riveting and the artwork wasn't my especial cup of tea, but I can really appreciate the intent behind the work and feel that it would make an excellent choice for bilingual families or families wishing to introduce some Spanish vocabulary to their children.

This is a Latin American version of "The House that Jack Built" with various farm animals adding ingredients to the pot (cazuela) that the farm maiden stirs. What
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Sean Albright
1. Opening: Hola! ¿Como estas? Are any of you wondering what I’ve just said? Well, while we read The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden stirred by Samantha Vamos, we will be walked through the preparation of a traditional Mexican dish and the author will teach us several Spanish words along the way. Do any of you know any Spanish words? Follow along as we learn a bit about the Mexican culture and their language.

2. Opening Moves: Lay the groundwork for children’s understanding of diverse settings and
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Heather Pool
This book appeals to any gender around the grades preschool to second grade. This book is great for a spanish lesson, because it's a continuation story. So it says one line, then on the next pages repeats that line then adds another and so on. But when the lines repeated, one of the words would change to spanish. I thought this book was fun, I liked learning the new words in spanish! There was a glossary in the back to help with the spanish words incase a student didn't understand the words and ...more
Melissa
Artist Rafael Lopez created the amazing Book Fiesta, which is a book I pretty much want to live in, the illustrations are so phenomenal. He works his magic again in Cazuela: his red-and-orange palette makes me feel like I'm somewhere fun, sunbathing and happy.

I love how the text introduces the words first in English, then adds them to the cumulative tale in Spanish. But the story is a little long, and never quite builds up the chugging-along rhythm that the original "The House That Jack Built"
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Elizabeth
This picture book is an 2012 honor book from the Pura Belpre Award list and is great for boy boys and girls. I would say the grade level for this book would be kindergarten through second grade. This book would be great for reluctant readers because it is fast-paced and fun to read. The book is so repetitive that the audience or readers will be able to follow along and join in if someone else is reading to them. The pictures are another appealing aspect of the book, they are bright and bold. The ...more
Monica
Jun 24, 2012 Monica rated it really liked it
Audience:PreK and up. Could even be used in upper level Spanish classes.

Appeal:Bright, colorful pictures. Some humorous pictures. Written in the style of "The House that Jack Built" the story builds Spanish vocabulary as it uses English words when a new line is introduced, but replaces one key word with the Spanish version in all the lines after. Sometimes, I had to go back and remind myself what the Spanish word meant! Recipe for Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche)is included in the back of the boo
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Beth
Jun 28, 2012 Beth rated it it was amazing
Audience: Pre-K and up, Spanish speakers/ESL students or children learning Spanish
Appeal: This book has a lot of repetition and the first time a word is used, it is in English, but then is replaced in Spanish each time after. The illustrations are bold and vibrant and I think Spanish learners would really enjoy trying to remember what each Spanish word means.
Award: Pura Belpre Award 2012 Illustrator
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This was the 2012 Pura Belpre Award honor book for illustrations, and it is, indeed, colorful. The story, in a manner similar to "The House That Jack Built," describes the steps the farm maiden takes to make arroz con leche, or rice pudding. Along the way the reader learns Spanish words, and is even provided with a yummy recipe for arroz con leche at the end. Children should enjoy the colorful pictures and the bouncy rhythm of the text.
Rebecca
Nov 01, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it
This twist on the cumulative tale "The House That Jack Built" adds an ingredient with each verse (in English), then repeats the list with the added word switched to Spanish. It's a fun and sneaky way to learn some Spanish vocab. Bright, warm-colored illustrations; includes a recipe for Arroz con Leche (rice pudding) and a Glossary of Spanish words.
Ashlee Christians
This book is from the Pura Belpre Award.

The audience is younger to middle aged elementary readers. The reader learns many words in Spanish from reading this book. It is definitely appealing to the audience because the pictures are very colorful and younger students are sure to enjoy the repetition of the story.
Kylie Svoboda
Audience: 1st-4th graders who are bi-lingaul or whom have Spanish speaking backgrounds
Appeal: The story would intrigue young readers because of the bright and cheerful illustrations. The book also uses repetition so the children could predict the words on the pages. The book also uses humor with animals.
Award: a Pura Belpre Honor Book
Alyson
Apr 15, 2011 Alyson rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
This is a tribute to the classic nursery rhyme "The House That Jack Built." The words don't flow as smoothly as I would have liked, but the illustrations are stunning. It is a fun book with the added bonus of a recipe and glossary of the Spanish words used.
Franki Sibberson
A fun cumulative tale--lots of great Spanish words embedded in story. Great illustrations. Style of House that Jack Built/Cumulative Story
Bethe
Aug 18, 2013 Bethe rated it really liked it
Bookaday #49. Delightful illustrations and a sprinkling of Spanish will be a big hit with the 2x2 crowd at my school. Will definitely have to try the arroz con leche recipe at the back!
Tess Armel
Dec 05, 2016 Tess Armel rated it it was amazing
This is a book that can be used in a variety of classrooms across many grade levels. The story is a bilingual version of the House that Jack Built, so it is a fun way to include ELL students in the instruction.
Elisa
Oct 26, 2016 Elisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Good English Spanish practice, in a house that jack built style
Yu Min,
The cazuela that the farm maiden stirred, this book is really amazing. It includes the animal’s story and we can look various situations with them. The story is so fictional, we can just imagine with our thoughts. This can be more interesting to us, because the animals are cooking, singing and dancing. That is so funny in this book. The colorful illustration makes more interesting and exciting. The main character, the cazuela, face is always smiling that makes the reader happy. The important ...more
Katie
Oct 01, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it
Used for Family story time as the first book because it's pretty long, but it's fun for the kids to speed up as the list of animals and ingredients gets longer, so we got through it before anyone melted down. Everyone over 2 was completely into the rhythm and language and everyone under 2 could have cared less. Surprising hit with the adults.
Kayla Larsen
Dec 03, 2016 Kayla Larsen rated it it was amazing
I loved the integration of hispanic culture in this book. This cumulative tale first tells a line in english, but as the cumulative tale builds the words change to Spanish. The book is honest to the hispanic culture while also teaching students spanish words in a natural way. You have to remember the words to understand the story! I think this is a great way to introduce spanish language to children.
RLL22016Mirella Carreno
Oct 01, 2016 RLL22016Mirella Carreno rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful book to use for a Spanish/Mexican story time in class or to help any kids learn some Spanish words. The Illustrator covers each page with vibrant, exuberant color, celebrating tradition and community.I love that it reminds me of my childhood. Love arroz con leche!
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Genesis Romo
The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred is a Pura Belpre Award Winning book written by Samantha R. Vamos. The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred is a multicultural book that represents the Latino community, which is also a bilingual book that includes two languages. This bilingual book is an easy reader book and a nursery rhyme book which includes illustrations that follows the flow of the words. The books main characters are the farmer maiden, the animals, and the campensino. The book takes ...more
David
Feb 17, 2012 David rated it really liked it
The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred by Samantha R. Vamos, illustrated by Rafael López, tells the cumulative story of how the arroz con leche (rice pudding) was made.

Goat churned the cream to make butter, cow was milked, duck bought sugar at the market, donkey plucked a lime, hen laid the eggs, the farmer planted the rice, the farm maiden stirred the pot, everyone stirred, said thank you (gracias), and ate the rice pudding.

The text introduces a word in this cumulative tale, then substitutes
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Sarah Warren
Mar 15, 2013 Sarah Warren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
Audience: I feel as though this book is directed towards girls more than boys. It is most likely intended for lower grades, but could be used for older elementary schoolers who are just learning some spanish.
Appeal: This book is very colorful. It restates what had occurred in earlier and is a fun, fast pace to read aloud.
Application: I would read this book aloud to my class if we had spanish language. It is a fun way to learn how translate simple words in spanish. I could then have the students
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Rachel Bormann
1) Audience: Primary

2) Genre:
“The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred” can be considered as part of the traditional and the realistic literature genres. It satisfies the conditions of the realistic genre since, although it is a fictitious story, many people cook recipes in real life. However, the story is not completely realistic since the farm maiden’s livestock help her to finish the recipe. Therefore, since the animals embody human characteristics and perform human activities, “The Cazuela
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Shelby Summerville
Gazuela That The Farm Maiden Stirred is a latin inspired folk tale about the animals and couple on a farm who work together and make a large pot of rice pudding. I begins with a farm maiden cooking in a large pot, or gazuela. She stirs in some butter. The goat churned the cream and made that butter. Then we meet a cow, who made the fresh milk, and taught the goat, or gabra to churn the creme to butter. Next we meet a duck, who went to the market to buy sugar, which was added to the milk from ...more
Todd Burleson
Nov 08, 2012 Todd Burleson rated it it was ok
This review is one of my additional picture books for RLS 520

The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred by Samantha R. Vamos; Illustrated by Rafael Lopez

This book begins with an ordinary pot; the pot that the farm maiden stirred. It goes on to introduce various elements that are needed in order to make the corn porridge. The story builds: This is the duck that went to the market to buy the sugar to flavor the leche made fresh by the vaca while teaching the cabra that churned the crema to make the
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Rosa Huerta
Dec 09, 2012 Rosa Huerta rated it it was amazing
In a fun mixture of English and Spanish vocabulary, Vamos creates a tribute to the classic nursery rhyme, The House That Jack Built. Similar to the classic style of the nursery rhyme, Vamos creates a story of not the cazuela that the farm maiden stirred, but instead different characters and their contribution to the Cazuela. For example, “This is the Goat that churned the cream to make the Mantequilla that went into the cazuela that the farm maiden stirred.” As the sentences grow larger and ...more
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Rafael López is an award-winning illustrator and artist. As a children’s book illustrator, he won the 2016 Pura Belpré illustration medal for Drum Dream Girl written by Newbery honor author Margarita Engle. It tells the story of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke the traditional taboo against female drummers in the 1930s.He also secured the 2010 Pura Belpré medal for ...more
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