Just a Minute!: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book

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Chronicle Books, Sep 1, 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 36 pages
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In this original trickster tale, Senor Calavera arrives unexpectedly at Grandma Beetle's door. He requests that she leave with him right away. "Just a minute," Grandma Beetle tells him. She still has one house to sweep, two pots of tea to boil, three pounds of corn to make into tortillas -- and that's just the start! Using both Spanish and English words to tally the party preparations, Grandma Beetle cleverly delays her trip and spends her birthday with a table full of grandchildren and her surprise guest. This spirited tribute to the rich traditions of Mexican culture is the perfect introduction to counting in both English and Spanish. The vivacious illustrations and universal depiction of a family celebration are sure to be adored by young readers everywhere.

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The artwork is both colorful and enticing. - Goodreads
The illustrations are beautiful and amazing!!! - Borders
The illustrations are great. - LibraryThing
This book also has great illustrations. - LibraryThing
I hung on every word waiting to read the ending. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - SimoneAlexis - LibraryThing

Such a marvelous book! Just a Minute!: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book is about Grandma Beetle who is on death's threshold. However, she will not go with Senor Calavera until she has finished ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ms.Kunz - LibraryThing

Brilliantly colorful and clever. It seamlessly weaves Mexican culture, and learning to count in English and Spanish into a clever tale about tricking death itself. Celebrates food and family and learning numbers, too. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Yuyi Morales is an artist, a Brazilian folk dancer, a puppet maker and the former host of a Spanish-language storytelling radio show for children. She grew up in Mexico and now lives with her husband, son and cat in Northern California.