Product: Too Many Tamales
Category: Cinco de Mayo Fun - Mexico Multicultural Study
Age: toddler, preschool, kindergarten, elementary
Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto, Ed Martinez (Illustrator)
Maria is making tamales and kneading the masa. All she wants is a
chance to wear her mother's diamond ring, which sparkles temptingly on
the kitchen counter. When her mother steps away, Maria seizes her opportunity
and puts on the ring, then carries on with her work. Only later, when
the tamales are cooled and a circle of cousins gathered, does Maria remember
the diamond. She and the cousins search every tamale--with their teeth.
Of course the ring turns out to be safely on Mom's finger.