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Salsa Stories (cuentos Con Sazon)

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On New Year's Day, Carmen Teresa's Maryland home is filled with relatives, friends, and neighbors from all over Latin America. When Dona Joseph gives Carmen a blank notebook, each guest tells her a story to write down. But Carmen has an idea of her own. Illustrations.
Mass Market Paperback, 112 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by Scholastic en Espanol (first published April 1st 2000)
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Bernadette
Aug 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I enjoyed these original and moving short stories. I was excited when I flipped through the book and saw that recipes were included. My husband loves to cook and I love to eat all kinds of different foods so I look forward to giving one of these a try. Although many Latino books may focus superficially on the foods and holidays from different countries, these stories are so much more than that. However, the importance of food, family, and celebrations to each culture is apparent in every story. ...more
RLL 520 Sharonda Kimbrough
I think this was a cute book. This book was about a girl that was given a gift (I won't tell you what it was) and uses it to record different stories from members of her family. I enjoyed the different stories in the book. There was a family tree at the beginning of the book and favorite recipes from different members of the family in the back. I believe this book would be a good read for a girl probably in the third or fourth grade. There were some Spanish words woven into the stories, however ...more
afra
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it. The book is a collection of short stories related by characters from various Spanish-speaking regions (Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Peru, Cuba, Argentina). It blends elements of food and music with the historical, political, and economic context of the characters' lives. Even though the book is targeted at upper elementary aged students, more than one of the stories left me teary-eyed.
Maryann Kasouha
The book Salsa Stories by Lulu Delacre is a great family book that talks about a girl named Carmen Teresa who keeps a record of her family’s stories and recipes. Read more to find out most of Carmen’s family’s childhoods. Carmen gets a book and she starts to wonder what to write. Her family members give her ideas on what to write. Go on an adventure to see what stories Carmen Teresa and her family have written in the book. I recommend this book because I liked it and it is entertaining and it ...more
Maryann Kasouha
The book Salsa Stories by Lulu Delacre is a great family book that talks about a girl named Carmen Teresa who keeps a record of her family’s stories and recipes. Read more to find out most of Carmen’s family’s childhoods. Carmen gets a book and she starts to wonder what to write. Her family members give her ideas on what to write. Go on an adventure to see what stories Carmen Teresa and her family have written in the book. I recommend this book because I liked it and it is entertaining and it ...more
Becky
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
This book is tied together by the introduction and final chapter about Carmen Teresa and her family together at a party. The stories that are in between are about her grandparents and a few other people. Most of the stories are about their childhoods growing up in various countries. Perhaps short stories are not my cup of tea or I'm not the target audience but I did not find these stories particularly captivating. I wanted more out of most of the stories.
Stephanie
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book needs to be read aloud to all. Rich in culture, life lessons and recipes! Seriously, the last ten pages contained Puerto Rican dishes I can’t wait to try.
Stacey Mulholland
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book I'm not sure how many kids would read it cover to cover. Even though the book's short stories are fiction I might use one or two as examples of personal narratives.
Lisy V
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute book of short stories involving family, culture and food, including recipes at the end of the book!
Hendrix Eva
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love the recipes!
Brenda
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book can inspire kids to collect their family stories and family recipes. I wonder if we could create a classroom collection - each child retell a family story centered around food.
Laura Smith Ramsborg
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I learned a ton about the cultures and traditions of a variety of Latin cultures. This is an engaging middle grade read I’ve enjoyed sharing with students.
Alissa
Sep 12, 2008 rated it it was ok
Salsa Stories is a charming book filled with heart felt stories told with a latin american flair. The main character is Carmen Teresa. At the beginning of the book she is given a blank notebook as a present. She is given advice from her neighbors and her huge family as to what she will write in it. Her family thinks she should gather up stories from family members that they can remember from their childhood. Most of the book are these stories. And there are a lot of stories to tell. But in the ...more
Nic
Feb 04, 2016 added it
I read the book called, Salsa Stories. This book was written by Lulu Delacre. I found this book to be interesting. I liked these moving short stories. I like the characters in this book also. I like how the short stories are still all focused on the same thing in a way. I like how it has that Latin American culture. In this book the characters are always spending time with each other as a family.

I like this book. It is a quick read. I would not recommend to most people in highschool because
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The Reading Countess
Jul 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Ordered through Scholastic using bonus points, I picked this one up for three main reasons: it was a collection of short stories and I am constantly adding shorter texts to both serve as mentor texts and to read during days that our GT population is out of the room and I cannot read from our chapter read aloud; but perhaps most importantly because it was a multi-cultural text. I don't think teachers can share stories about ALL kinds of people enough. I want my students to recognize themselves in ...more
J.
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read the short story, "New Year's Day." Musical rhythmic language mix delightfully with sensory details of food, music, and conversation to create an immersive storytelling experience. This is a celebration of life and all its joys--family, food, culture, and heritage. To read this is to fall in love with language and details, and to long for a Mama to cook you special dinners! I look forward to reading the rest of the stories in this book!
Gennesis
se trata of family muy happy y de una senora que era jefa de su madre y son muy buenos cuentos que pueden difrutar y a lo ultimo tiene resetas de comida como dulce de leche arroz con pollo y su abuelo le sucede una tragedia se quema su apartamento pero la idea de la alfonbra que le digo que hiciera
Andie
Mar 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Kind of a cute book, but I couldn't really get interested in it. It's more of a collection of small stories from the girl's family rather than a story with an actual plot. They are all centered around Spanish culture so that part was fun. My favorite part was the recipes in the back of the book. I think that it would be fun to make some for Jacob, since he served part of his mission in Mexico.
Barbara Lovejoy
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a DELIGHTFUL book! This is one of the books I bought for our Esperanza Library with the money donated by two of our board members--Steven Winitzky and Patricia Matthews. It might be fun for us to put together a similar book with stories and recipes from our Esperanza scholars and staff--and that we can possibly sell as a fundraiser.
Salsabrarian
At a family and friends New Yearâs Day party, Carmen Teresa receives a blank book as a gift from a family friend. All the friends and relatives at the party tell her to fill it with stories, and each adult tells a story from their youth in Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Argentina. Latin American recipes of foods mentioned in the stories are included. ...more
Christy
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy-reader
On New Year's Day, Carmen Teresa's Maryland home is filled with relatives, friends, and neighbors from all over Latin America. When Dona Joseph gives Carmen a blank notebook, each guest tells her a story to write down. But Carmen has an idea of her own. Illustrations.
Marley Hernandez
Oct 25, 2008 rated it liked it
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Heather
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Brooke won this book at school and brought it home for us to read together.

I enjoyed reading it and thought maybe we could make one if the recipes at the end when Brooke finishes reading it.
Joleny Hernandez
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
amazing stories
Alana
Sep 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: for-school
I love the woodcuts and the recipes, and I appreciate the book's focus on Latin American culture, but the stories themselves are bland, even for the target age group.
Anji
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Had to read it for Kena's spanish class. Kind of fun to read a spanish book again. Love going through High School a second time
Keri
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great book! I liked the recipes and stories a lot.
Keisy
Nov 06, 2008 added it
celebrating new years with your family is so much fun!
Caryl
Mar 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I want to try some of these recipes now!
Tracy Clay Peralta
Aug 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Each chapter is a vingette, of a story of one member of a family. Cute quick read about traditions and family relationships in a Hispanic culture.
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