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Let's Eat! by Ana Zamorano
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Every day, Antonio’s mother cooks a yummy Spanish meal for the entire family. On each day of the week, one person can not make it to dinner. Antonio’s mother says “Ay que pena!” (What a pity) each time. Until on day, she goes into labor and misses their family dinner. This time, Antonio says “A que pena!” and everyone laughs. When mother returns on Sunday, they all gather for a big feast to celebrate the new addition to the family. This is a good example of a book that can be used to show cultural foods. Each day, Antonio’s mother prepares traditional and common Spanish meals. She makes empanadas, gazpacho paella, pollo, and sardines. There are other Spanish terms as well, all of which help the reader to better understand the Spanish culture and the foods that they eat. Many Spanish children can relate to the characters within the story as they too may eat the same types of foods. For those who may not, they become familiar with some of the foods their peers enjoy as compared to their favorite meals. Introducing children to different foods and cultures is a great way of fostering appreciation for diversity.

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