Just a Minute!: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book

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Chronicle Books, 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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User Review  - JPEmmrich5 - LibraryThing

This book is rich in Mexican culture. The story is of a skeleton who comes to visit a grandma and her grandchildren. The skeleton wants to take the grandma but has to wait “just a minute”. The book is colorful and fun and also incorporates counting in Spanish as an element of the story. Read full review

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User Review  - EliseMT - LibraryThing

This is a beautifully illustrated book that depicts Mexican culture and incorporates the Spanish language. This would be a fantastic read-a-loud choice to practice counting with little ones, both in English and Spanish. 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.