Conejito might be small, but he definitely has the courage to outwit his bullies. When Conejito begins his school holiday, he goes to visit his Tía Mónicaor is it the cakes and cookies he knows she will feed him when he arrives? But Conejito runs into a few obstacles on the way to his auntie's, including Señor Zorro, Señor Tigre, and Señor León. Conejito may want to eat Auntie Mónica's treats, but Mr. Fox, Mr. Tiger, and Mr. Lion want to eat him! With his own quick thinking and a little assist from Tía Mónica, Conejito outwits the bigger animals and makes his way safely home. This Latin American folktale from Panama highlight Rabbit's courage and resourcefulness to outwit Fox, Tiger, and Lion. It is also accompanied with a song that young readers will love. This folktale from Panama is a great way to introduce Spanish into your children's vocabulary!Award-winning author, Margaret Read MacDonald excels at producing a lyrical story that young readers are encouraged to participate in. In addition, Geraldo Valério's vivid illustrations instill whimsy and fun with each turn of the page.
|Publisher:||August House Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.62(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Margaret Read MacDonald
Margaret Read MacDonald is well known for her lively retellings of folktales. Drawing on her background in folklore (Ph.D. Indiana University Folklore Institute) and her many travels throughout the world, MacDonald searches out unusual tales from the world's folk literature and oral traditions. She has a gift for retelling these stories so they appeal to children and adults alike. Margaret is a prolific writer and performer, having published over 55 books.
MacDonald teaches storytelling courses for the University of Washington School of Information
Science and for Lesley University. As a Children's Librarian for the King
County Library System, MacDonald kept finding gaps in her library collection.
So she wrote books to fill these needs. On her travels, she collected a number of timeless folktales that she adapted into award winning picture books, resource books and folktale collections from many cultures. She recently received her third Anne Izard Storytelling Award for her resource book: Teaching with Story. Her award-winning LittleFolk picture book, Go to Sleep Gecko was selected by the Prime Minister of
Singapore to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of kidsREAD, a program sponsored by the National Library Board to encourage children to read more and to promote good reading habits.
MacDonald retired from working as a children’s librarian in order to spend more time on the road sharing stories from around the world. Recent trips have found her telling stories in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Spain, and Singapore and of course in
Hong Kong where Nathaniel and Jen Whitman, her collaborators for Teaching with Story, live and teach with their daughter.
Geraldo Valério currently lives in
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada where he enjoys walking along the ocean and observing otters, seals, and herons.
Geraldo Valerio was born in Brazil in 1970. He graduated from the School of Fine Arts, at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. He received a Master of Arts degree from New York
University. Geraldo’s bold illustration style has garnered many awards for children’s picture books in Brazil, Portugal, Canada and the United States. He has illustrated three extraordinary LittleFolk picture books with Margaret Read
MacDonald for August House including: the internationally acclaimed Go to Sleep Gecko, Conejito, and Surf War! Geraldo currently lives in
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada where he enjoys walking along the ocean and observing otters, seals and herons.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a great tale about a little rabbit that goes up the mountain to see his Tia Monica on vacation. Along the way, he runs in to a few hungry beasts: a fox, a tiger and a lion, who he convinces not to eat him as he is too skinny. He tells each one that he is going to get fattened up by his Tia Monica and when he comes back, there will be more to eat. After eating so much he turns into a fat little butterball of a rabbit, Conejito is afraid to go back home, as the beasts might eat him. So, his Tia Monica rolls him home to Mama in barrel, safe and sound. The great thing about this book is that its predictive style incorporates the use of Spanish and English words, ¿No! No! No!¿ cried Conejito. ¿You don't want to eat me! Look how skinny I am. ¡Flaquito! ¡Flaquito! ¡Flaquito! (skinny, skinny, skinny) Wait until I get back from Tia Monica's house. She is going to feed me cakes and cookies and every good thing until I am ¡Gordito! ¡Gordito! ¡Gordito! (fat, fat, fat) This would be a great book for a story time with ESL kids, as well as kids learning Spanish at a young age. The illustrations are colorful and fun. The end of the book provides a pronunciation of the Spanish words that can be used by children and adult readers.
With text as energetic as the illustrations, Conejito: A Folktale from Panama tells the tale of Conejito (little rabbit) on his way to visit his Tia Monica. Along the way he runs into animals such as Mr. Lion, and Mr. Tiger, who all hope to have him for dinner. Conejito promises he will eat many sweets at his auntie's house, and then outsmarts the animals on his way home! The book is mostly written in English but some spanish words are inserted throughout the text, such as the names of the animals, all of which have translations. Also included is a fun little song at the end of the book.
I love Margaret Read MacDonald. This story of a rabbit outwitting a lion, fox, and tiger begs to be read aloud and sung. Soon enough, you'll be wishing the dashing Tia Monica was feeding you until you are "Gordito! Gordito! Gordito!"
Children are fully engaged!