Friday, October 20, 2017

Book Review: 'Just a Minute' by Yuyi Morales

Mexico born California author/artist/folk dancer/puppet maker/radio host for Spanish-language storytelling Yuyi Morales has won many awards for her wholly unique children’s books that portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience. As Yuyi states, she was raised among giant grandmothers, mossy house walls, and rampaging feral gardens that fostered a strong bond with the magical stories that ran in her family. Her wise and entertaining books not only tell wonderful stories but also insert Hispanic vocabulary and educational tools (math, alphabet, etc) so important in our growing appreciation and admiration for the Latino populace and culture and for the educational process for all children. Not only are her stories superb, she also fills her pages with her terrific illustrations that enhance the flavor of her books.

In JUST A MINUTE: A TRICKSTER TALE AND COUNTING BOOK SeƱor Calvera, the trickster, invites Grandma Beetle to come with him and after a pause the two start out on an adventure that celebrates counting in both Spanish an English tale sparkling with vivacious illustrations – a delightful spirited tribute to the rich traditions of Mexican culture and a perfect introduction to counting in both English and Spanish for children – and for adults who have yet to learn basic Spanish.

Rich visually, educationally valid and offered in English with Spanish vocabulary Yuyi accomplishes a mission so desperately needed as we as a society grow in understanding and appreciation of all cultures. A sure contender for both the Newbery and Caldecott awards. Grady Harp, October 16

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