If you enjoy different versions of fairy tales, then you must read The Three Little Tamales by Eric Kimmel. It is a southwest version of The Three Little Pigs. The story begins in a restaurant owned by Tio Jose and Tia Lupe. Every morning they make the best tortillas and tamales in Texas. One day three little tamales were cooling by a window as a tortilla rolls by and warns them they are going to be eaten. The three little tamales decide to run away to avoid this terrible fate. The first little tamale runs to the prairie and builds a house out of sagebrush. The second little tamale runs to a cornfield and builds his house out of cornstalks. The third tamale runs to the desert and builds her house out of cactus. The tamales were happy for awhile until Senor Lobo aka…the big bad wolf… comes knocking on their doors. He threatens, “I’ll huff and I’ll puff like a Texas tornado and blow your casita from here to Laredo!” Can the three little tamales escape the big bad wolf? This is a great story to use to introduce children to the Spanish language. A glossary is located in the front of the book to help the reader understand the meaning and pronunciation of the Spanish words used in this tale. A great read aloud for elementary school children who will definitely enjoy the colorful cartoon illustrations.
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