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Arroz con leche / Rice Pudding

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Kirkus 2010 Best Children's Books selection

The cuisines of many different cultures all over the world include rice and rice pudding. In this title in the Cooking Poems series, Jorge Argueta gives us a bilingual recipe for the classic Latin American version.

From sprinkling the rice into the pot, to adding a waterfall of milk, cinnamon sticks, salt stars and sugar snow, Jorg
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Libros Tigrillo (first published 2010)
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While there is nothing overly profound or (thankfully) earth-shattering with regard to Jorge Argueta's Spanish/English dual language picture book Arroz con Leche: Rice Pudding, to and for me, his lyrical and joyful recipe poem for a traditional rice, milk and cinnamon pudding has most certainly hit my proverbial sweet spot (with no pun intended either, although personally, if I were actually preparing this rice pudding for myself, I do admit that I would definitely use considerably less sugar an ...more
In this poem, a young boy helps cook arroz con leche (rice pudding) and then enjoys eating it with his family. The author uses interesting imagery, and it also takes me back to memories of my mom making arroz con leche (granted, rice pudding is not my favorite, but it's a tradition, like tamales, gorditas, and mole). I also LOVE the illustrations.

I try to incorporate poetry into Spanish and bilingual story time, and this longer cooking poem is a good fit for my planned cooking-themed programs th
Mar 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Lovely illustrations, interesting poem and description of what cooking rice pudding is like. Very sensory and good for adjectives as a learning lesson. We haven't tried to make it yet, but I wish there was a recipe page also because reading the entire story to get it might make it messy. My 5 yr old son loved it and wanted it read 2 nights in a row and wanted to make it the next day. ...more
Jan 31, 2012 rated it liked it
One of my Waldorf third graders today said of this cooking poem, "It must have been written by a hippie!" I'm not convinced that he knows exactly what he's talking about, but there's some truth to it in the sense that this cooking poem has tons of nature imagery. I think I'd use it again, but not extensively. I just need to make arroz con leche with my students, now, to complete the learning! ...more
Jessica Bouchard
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Arroz con leche/Rice Pudding is on my favorites shelf because I was caught and enchanted by the poetic quality of its prose. This book is best suited for 2nd and 3rd grade. Very basically a fictional story about a boy making rice pudding in the kitchen for his family, this book is far from boring. Written almost like a recipe, children will be drawn in by the illustrations that accompany each passage. They are bold and colorful and support the poetry of the prose. Rice is singing and raining in ...more
Ashley Biles
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-shelf
Argueta, J. (2016) Arroz con leche. Toronto, Canada: Groundwood Books.

A poetic take on how to make rice pudding. This is a bilingual book.
Feb 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Such a nice set of books. In this one, the waterfall of milk and the dancing got a little carried away, but mom is supervising so I guess it's ok. ...more
Lisa Mcbroom
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet story of making rice pudding with a family.
Eddie Garcia
this bilingual book will teach your kids on the concept of rice pudding. A popular spanish dessert that is amazing.
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
A printmaking technique which incorporates collage, stamping, and digital elements is used to bring to life the large and full illustrations in this bilingual recipe poem. It will make you want to make rice pudding immediately! The color palette is subtle and not overpowering. This makes you pay more attention to the language and the senses.

This is a great cultural addition to any classroom. Add it to a text set of recipe books, and other books about cooking with family members, or how-to books
Read this in a storytime about food (along w/Zamarano's Let's Eat and Potluck). Love the sensory details (smells of cinnamon wafting through the house) in the text and images of rice falling like snow . . . there's a bit of magic in this kitchen. First graders really seemed to like it as well, though most didn't know what rice pudding was at the outset.

Text in English and Spanish
Author lives in San Francisco, from El Salvador and has spent much time there
Illustrator from
This book was a bilingual poem about making rice pudding, and my son really got into it. The poem has good visual imagery and really helps you to put yourself in the shoes of the little boy making rice pudding with his mama, especially at the end where the author says "The steam rising from the bowls climbs deliciously to the ceiling. I see little chains of hearts and colored ribbons." Recommended for ages 4+, 4 stars. ...more
L13F_Jana Wilkening
This book is gorgeous! It is a recipe for rice pudding (written in Spanish and English) that becomes a true poetic experience. The imagery of the "rainbow flames" hugging the pot or the rice as "fishies" and "white birds" is beautiful. The illustrations that go along with each page capture the imagery beautifully. This book is a great resource for a poetry unit or teaching imagery and descriptive language for use in grades K-8. I LOVED it. ...more
Maureen Milton
Charmingly illustrated with Fernando Vilela's minimal-palette woodblock prints, lyrical Spanish and English poetry delineates a simple recipe for rice pudding ("Salt stars and sugar snow/Are falling from your hand.") prepared by a boy and slurped by his family. Asterisks within the text indicate stages where adult participation or supervision is needed. ...more
Laura Sims
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This picture book is actually a Bilingual poem book about a recipe for rice pudding with cinnamon. The characters in the illustrations (which are a combination of ink & watercolor) clearly are enjoying the treat. A recipe is provided, and readers will find themselves wanting to eat some of the delectable treat!
A 2011 Americas Commended Title. A text written in poetry form about making 'arroz con leche'/rice pudding. While reading this text, the first thing that came to mind is a great example of expository text. Its bilingual text exposes the reader to a variety of sensory language. Great add to any classroom library! ...more
Nov 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Told in both Spanish and English, this poem follows a young boy who finds happiness and magic by cooking his favorite dish, rice pudding. The author provides step-by-step instructions (of sorts) for making rice pudding through the poem.
Zoe's Human
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: children who love cooking and food
This is actually a rather magical children's story, and probably the book I've enjoyed the best so far in my attempts to learn Spanish. I'm pretty sure the recipe it describes would make delicious rice pudding as well. ...more
Laura Salas
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, poetry
Love the imagery.

In the kitching it is raining
little white grain drops.

The water splashing from the tap
makes me feel like
there is a creek flowing through the kitchen.

In the kitchen there is a rainbow
hugging the pot.

When you pour it into the pot
the milk becomes a waterfall.
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Made me hungry
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
sweet and rhythmic - a cooking poem in spanish and english
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
A good bilingual story with great illustrations, and it's a recipe too. ...more
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Fantastic resource for teaching metaphors, imagery, or "how to". ...more
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