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Yum MmMm Que Rico America s Sproutings Brotes de la Am ricas , written by Pat Mora and illustrated by Rafael L pez, is available in both English and Spanish editions, although I will be reviewing the latter In this wonderful collection of poetry, Pat Mora takes us on a gastronomic journey of the Americas through a series of fun haikus Each poem focuses on a crop native to these continents, culminating in a full harvest of celebration and praise The descriptions of food and cuisine alongside the bright, multicolored illustrations at once awaken the senses while guiding readers through the history of agriculture in the Americas Mora introduces her book by acknowledging the influence of her anthropologist husband who teaches about the origins of agriculture, an inspiration that certainly resonates throughout her collection Readers will undoubtedly revel in this delicious feast of knowledge, art and poetry Each page is dedicated to a specific food The poems on each page follow the structure of Japanese haikus, a form of poetry in which each poem consists of seventeen syllables At the bottom of each page Mora also provides a paragraph of background information about where the food can be found, where it originates , and how various cultures tend to prepare it This book is most suitable for children ages 7 12 Although the long, informative paragraphs on each page might be interesting for older readers, younger readers will surely appreciate the anthropomorphic images of, for instance, a dancing pineapple and a smiling piece of toast The collection has an unfettered tone of cheer and delight that will spread to readers of all ages.As Lee and Low Books states, Brimming with imagination and fun, these poems capture the tasty essence of foods that have delighted, united, and enriched our lives for centuries Indeed, Mora s poems as well as L pez s illustrations emphasize not only the wonderful pleasure of food, but also the cultural, societal and familial importance related to sharing food with others The beautiful illustrations are done with acrylic on wood panels and show a range of family, friends, and community members enjoying each others company and various foods Although the featured foods come from across the Americas, North and South, many of the illustrations seem to evoke the warm climate of Central America.According to Lee and Low Books, illustrator Rafael L pez grew up in Mexico City, and his art is strongly influenced by the work of Mexican muralists Additionally, he has created many large murals for public spaces, including the Urban Art Trail Project in downtown San Diego The images are certainly reminiscent of mural art with their bright colors, mesmerizing patterns and attention grabbing compositions that depict scenes from every day life albeit with a twist of the imaginary.Within the paragraphs of background information provided on each page, Mora also includes etymological tidbits on how these foods got their names For example, the pecan was called pacane by the French, which means nut that you must open with a rock Mora does not shy away from discussing the influence of European colonizers on the peoples of the Americas A useful resource for teaching about history, conquest, and colonization, Mora also describes how the crops were used both before and after European settlers arrived In the back of the book she includes a note to readers where she states that people of the Americas enjoyed these foods long before Christopher Columbus or any other European arrived This is a valuable topic to mull over with students during the Thanksgiving season While we use this month of November as an occasion to show thanks and appreciation to our loved ones, and to enjoy our favorite foods, let us also use this month as an opportunity to critique the origins of the Thanksgiving holiday in the Americas It is always an important time for better understanding the history, traditions and ongoing experiences of indigenous peoples.Moreover, in her note to readers, Mora explains her love for diversity amongst people and within poetry Me gusta la diversidad en la gente y en la poes a She adds that one of the reasons the haiku poems were so fun to write is that they permit the creator to jump from subject to subject, from image to image, given their short and sweet format El haiku invita en saltar de imagen en imagen To embrace her love for diversity, Mora uses the haiku poems to cover a wide range of foods, countries and cultures As we are all always looking for ways to diversify children s literature, I m sure readers will appreciate Mora s open celebration of diversity.To bring this style into the classroom, the concise, easy to digest format of Mora s haikus could easily inspire a poetry lesson where students write their own haikus about their favorite foods As a blogger from Wildrosereader states,A classroom teacher could certainly use Mora s book as an inspiration for a classroom poetry writing activity Imagine a teacher bringing in foods like kiwi fruit, avocados, mushrooms, mangoes, scallions, bananas, apples, and strawberries for students to observe, eat, and then write poems about The students could describe the foods in regard to how they look, smell, feel, and taste Students could also be encouraged to make comparisons and to use figurative language as Mora did when describing the foods and gustatory sensations.This would be the perfect opportunity for children to delve into their creative sides and reflect upon the beauty in every day objects Students will also build upon their vocabulary in English or in Spanish as they think of descriptive words and adjectives Further, the practice of working from a still life model spans all different forms of art from all different cultures, and has been used by peoples for centuries and centuries.This kind of artistic lesson could lead to other lessons on important literary or artistic figures, including Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who also produced a series of odes to ordinary objects According to Words without Borders, We enjoy the world anew through his eyes yes, a simple artichoke can be seen as a soldier, wrapped in armor and ready for battle an onion is beautiful than a bird with blinding feathers Additionally, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo has produced a series of still life paintings from different assortments of fruits and vegetables Students could create still life paintings or drawings like Kahlo s while also learning about the influential icon Rarely does a children s book open the door to such a wide variety of lessons on the literary and fine arts, that can also be adapted to fit a variety of age groups.A perfect addition to any classroom or personal library For the complete review and additional resources, check out our Vamos a Leer blog at teachinglatinamericathroughliterature.com. I was disappointed by this book I thought that it would have Spanish in it than it did The illustrations were fun and engaging but that was the only thing I enjoyed about this book. Multicultural literature Poetry, 2013This book provides a fun and colorful glimpse of the flavors of the Americas This book would be great for any k 8 classroom, but especially for classrooms with ELL students I generally prefer stories to poetry, but this was a very nice introduction to foods that many American audience members might not know. Plot Summary This book is a collection of haiku poems describing fourteen foods native to the Americas Each food is celebrated with a creative and fun haiku and illustration Informative text boxes are also included and provide readers with interesting facts about the food Critical Analysis Through haikus, fourteen indigenous foods of the Americas are named and described The mouth watering adjectives used to describe the tasty foods leave readers craving America s sproutings Because the book is a collection of foods with each food showcased by a haiku and box of informational text, there are no specific characters However, the characters that are illustrated are happy and take delight in eating the delicious foods described As for the content of the poems, the haikus are consistent with the food s characteristics For example, the chile poem is an accurate depiction of the chile pepper because the chile s heat characteristics do make one teary eyed while at the same time bringing a delicious fire to one s tongue Moreover, the book is rich in cultural details that are consistent with the Hispanic culture Through text boxes on the sidebar, snippets of information about the specific food are provided, such as, history, usage, origins, etymology, commonly found locations, growing seasons, and interesting trivia facts The creative haiku poems and informational text boxes make reading this book enjoyable.As for the illustrations in the book, Rafael Lopez uses bold and vivid colors, which are characteristic of the Hispanic culture The people illustrated in the book are also accurately depicted in skin color and dress The illustrations of the homes and environments in the book also showcase the Hispanic culture Because the book beautifully blends haiku poems with interesting informational tidbits, I highly recommend this book. Read this one a long time ago, love the mix of haiku and information about each food plant Fabulously bright and lively illustrations Great that the book is available in Spanish as well. .Read ⚆ Yum! Mmmm! Que Rico!: America's Sproutings ♐ Amazing E Book, Yum Mmmm Que Rico America S Sproutings By Pat Mora This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Yum Mmmm Que Rico America S Sproutings, Essay By Pat Mora Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You Yum MmMm Que Rico is a fun book of haiku poems by Pat Mora and illustrated by Rafael Lopez It is a collection of many haikus that describes and celebrates many different foods related to the Americas With fun and bright illustrations the poems are able to capture the tasty essence of all the foods, and it even makes your mouth water a little Each poem really brings out the best parts of each food experience Along with each poem is a little bit of background information of the food This includes where it originated from, where the name comes from, and what the foods mean to people.Mora s poems are a lot of fun to read They really bring back memories for me This makes them seem like symbols of memories and past experiences because they are able to trigger emotions and memories The illustrations by Lopez are nice and have a pretty consistent color scheme throughout the book They were done using acrylics on wood All the illustrations bleed throughout the story Mora included a lot of things in the peritext for this book This includes words you should know, notes from the author and illustrator, and a letter to the reader I would definitely recommend this book for cultural learning. Yum Mmmm Qu Rico , by Pat Mora, is an information and poetry book with a lexile of 970, meaning that it would be best for middle school readers There are no main characters in this book, but the main subject in this book are the different foods found in the Americas The point of view of this point differed When the author was giving background information on the food that the haiku was talking about then it was third person When it was the actual haiku then the point of view varied from first, to second to third The setting of this book was North America, South America, and Central America The plot of this book was writing a haiku that focused on a specific food, like blueberries, and then on the other page explaining the origin of blue berries, how they are used, what they use to be used for, and a fun fact about them The main ideas of this book were food, history, nature, and the Hispanic culture I would definitely recommend this book because it is a great introduction to poetry and haikus I really enjoyed how the author gave the background on all of the foods he talked about in his haiku This book was also a winner of the Pura Belpre award Concluding Statement A haiku can teach you a lot. Why this book This book has BEAUTIFUL illustrations I was instantly drawn to it Each page has a haiku about a fruit, vegetable, or nut that is natively grown in the Americas The book also includes information about each fruit, vegetable, or nut, and where it originated.Genre PoetryTheme Keywords Poetry, Haiku, Americas, Fruits and VegetablesCharacteristics of Quality This book has beautiful, colorful illustrations that make you want to eat familiar and unfamiliar foods Each haiku is loaded with delicious, descriptive language.Special Features Each haiku is paired with an informational paragraph describing where the food originates, different ways it was and is used, and other interesting facts.Gender of Primary Character Girls, Boys, and Entire FamiliesRace Ethnicity of Primary Character Latino Indigenous peoples of the Americas.Cultural Considerations Language Considerations The rich descriptive language paired with expressive illustrations that support each haiku will support new language learners The concept of a Haiku may initially be abstract possibly confusing.Open Ended Questions What foods do you eat with your family What foods could you write a haiku about What are some delicious words that stuck in your mind Why