What a delightful and charming book. Paco and the Giant Chile Plant bases itself on the children's classic Jack and the Beanstalk, but with a wonderful twist that makes it all it's own. Paco trades the family cow for a bag of Chile seeds. Once he plants them, he waits and waits until finally the ground begins to shake and tremble, a giant chile plant shoots itself into the sky and a curious Paco quickly makes his way to the top. Once he reaches the top, he encounters a terrible Giant - this is where the delightful twist takes place, which is sure to enchant readers of all ages.
Within Paco and the Giant Chile Plant, the bilingual version, Spanish words are embedded throughout the story. Their definitions made clear within the text and a list of the words and their meanings are also included on the final page of the story. I found this to be a wonderful story and the illustrations are beautiful and extremely eye catching. Both my 2 year old and 6 year old enjoyed this story repeatedly.
I wanted to include an excerpt, which I found to be particular catchy: El gigante's teeth were as jagged and gnarled as trees twisted by a terrible tornado. I loved the language usage and the flow of writing. Wonderful and fun story with a lesson at the end that as long as you have a wonderful family, a roof over your head and work to be done, that is all that is important.
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April Schiff Pohren (cafeofdreams)
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The desert Southwest is the unlikely setting for this humorous variation on the classic fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk. This bilingual book is presented as embedded text with the story told mostly in English and a sprinkling of Spanish throughout. The book ends with keyword vocabulary page to jumpstart language learning. Dusty desert feel is captured in deep pastel colored illustrations. English only and Spanish only versions coming Fall 2008.