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Just a Minute! by Yuyi Morales
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Read 2 times. Last read November 4, 2011.

Title: Just a Minute:!A Trickster Tale and Counting Book

Genre: Counting Book

Summary: Senior Calavera comes to ask Grandma Beetle to come with him, but before she agrees she says "just a minitue" in order to complete a task, then another, and another, and another chore at her house until she is ready for a special event.

A. This critique focuses on the illustrations and how they refect the story's mood, theme, and character development.
B. Mr. Calavera is a skeleton, and although not identified in the story as such his purpose is to escort people into the afterlife. So, when Mr. Calavera comes to Grandma's Beetle's house and she answers the door, all he does is signal to her with his hand that it is time for her to come along with him. Mr. Calavera's expression appears patient at first, but as Grandma Beetle continues to count off tasks she must perform before leaving, the mysterious Mr. Calavera is depicted as being more impatient, frustrated, and finally exasperated waiting for Grandma Beetle as her count of chores continue to rise. For example on pg 9, Mr. Calavery frowns and looks at his watch when the chores reach a count of four, and on pg 14, Mr. Calavera throws up his hands when the count reaches six, and on pg 18 when the count reaches 8 Mr. Calavery says "enough" as he almost jumps into the air in frustration. However, Grandma Beetle's delay have a purpose that surprises Mr. Calavera, and he has also has a surprise for her.

C. Curriculum connection: Math class for children learning to count, or bi-lingual students learning to count, or class learning to count in Spanish, or an introduction into Mexican culture through the depiction of tortillas, and pinatas.
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November 4, 2011 – Started Reading
November 4, 2011 – Shelved
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