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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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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
May 11, 2011 Tasha rated it really liked it
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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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"
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
Nov 24, 2014 Diana rated it really liked it
The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred is a story that is a Mexican version of the story The House that Jack Built. The story is a cumulative story. It is about a farm maiden who is making arroz con leche (a Mexican dessert). The pictures are vibrant, and colorful and will keep the readers engaged. I liked the repetitive notion of the book. It would be a fun read for a class because it repeats words again and again. It is also fun to look at the different culture aspects of the book. The auth ...more
You’ll hear this book introduced as a riff on The House that Jack Built, which will appeal to plenty. But there is the added enticement of bright, colorful illustrations and the twist of weaving English into the Spanish wordplay. The cooperative nature of the story and its construction guarantee this a delightful departure as well. A nice ag-friendly neighbor to the urban Housing in Jack’s world.

Learning vocabulary and practicing vocabulary in a playful book constructed from accumulating images
Samantha Boyle
Apr 23, 2015 Samantha Boyle rated it it was amazing
This is a multicultural picture book that won the Pura Belpre Honor Book award. I gave it a rating of five stars because it had a little tune to it and the pictures were illustrated very well. This book reminds me of a time when I went to the Omaha Children's Museum. I went there for a field trip with my daycare. While we were there, we saw a cow that we could actually milk. In this book, they show the maiden milking the cow. The maiden and I both learned how to milk cows. This book reminds me o ...more
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.
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
Kathryn Carlsen
Mar 22, 2015 Kathryn Carlsen rated it really liked it
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I really liked how much Spanish was incorporated into this book. I think it is important for children to recognize and learn about other languages and cultures and, through this book, they would get a really good idea of Spanish. It has the English words first and then on the next page they are Spanish. I love that this can be a way to help them guess and check the word. In the back of the book, there is a glossary as well that defines all of the Spanish words used. The story is very competitive ...more
Julia Drescher
Jan 27, 2014 Julia Drescher rated it really liked it
This is a very colorful and appealing book. The illustrated cover is a perfect setup for the pictures within the text. This texts tells the story of a woman who makes arroz con leche. She takes us through the steps of preparation, starting where things came from and what is required. Each page incorporates the previous page's text and includes key words in Spanish that were originally stated in English. This is a great way to incorporate key words in Spanish while still telling a story in Englis ...more
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
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.
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
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.
Jennifer Strong
May 23, 2016 Jennifer Strong rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s, 2016
Meant to be similar in organization to the nursery story, The House that Jack Built, this story follows a farm maiden and all the animals that help her get ingredients to make Arroz Con Leche. Once everything is in the pot, the farm girl dances and everyone forgets about the rice pudding... until it's just about to burst! Stirred one last time the farm girl and the animals share the meal.

Once a new character and ingredient is introduced in English the whole story (up to that point) is put togeth
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.
Jul 16, 2012 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!
Franki Sibberson
A fun cumulative tale--lots of great Spanish words embedded in story. Great illustrations. Style of House that Jack Built/Cumulative Story
Aug 21, 2015 K rated it it was amazing
My two young ones love, love, love this story which is narrated similar to the classic tale, "The House That Jack Built".

It narrates the way to get rice pudding made using Spanglish and audio CD is fantastic.

We love this vibrant illustrations by Samantha R. Vamos, especially.

It is one that I read and read and often forget has audio narration to accompany it because it's an easy story to read in both languages.

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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 thi ...more
Lisa P.
Apr 30, 2014 Lisa P. rated it it was amazing
The really enjoyed that this book was bilingual it's a great way to get children exposed to simple Spanish words in a fun and easy way. I thought it was really great that all the animals wanted to help because then that could teach children about sharing what you have. I also liked how the end of the story gave you the recipe for arroz con leche which could be made as a class one day. I would definitely use this book in my future classroom because I can just see many lessons that could be made t ...more
Oct 04, 2011 Doret rated it really liked it
This story was as beautiful as I thought it would be. With some help from the farm animals the farm maiden makes Arroz con Leche. This is not a traditional bilingual story, with two languages, lado a lado.

This is the pot, that the farm maiden stirred,

This is the butter that went into the cazuela that the farm maiden stirred

This is the goat
that churned the cream
to make the mantequilla
that went into the cazuela that the farm maiden stirred.

Rather then have the two languages side by side, Vamos wil
J.F. Sanborn
Jul 27, 2011 J.F. Sanborn rated it really liked it
Reading The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred to children is a delicious way to teach Spanish vocabulary, Spanish culture, and order of events in a story.

A Cazuela is a large terra-cotta pot used for cooking soups, stews, and casseroles. It is also the term used for the meals you cook inside of it. The Farm Maiden (campesina), the farmer (campesino) and all of the farm animals take part in preparing the food in the Cazuela. Each character and ingredient is first introduced in English and the
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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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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