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Growing Up with Tamales / Los Tamales de Ana

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Growing Up with Tamales / Los Tamales de Ana

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"My name is Ana. Every year, my family makes tamales for Christmas. This year, I am six, so I get to mix the dough, which is made of cornmeal. My sister Lidia is eight, so she gets to spread the dough on the corn husk leaves. I wish I was eight, so that my hands would be big enough to spread the dough just right—not too thick and not too thin."

And so the years pass, and Ana turns eight, ten, twelve, fourteen, sixteen. But every year, big sister Lidia is always two years older. Ana envies her elder sibling and wishes she could do what Lidia does: put just the right amount of meat inside the tamales and roll them up; steam the tamales without scalding herself with the hot, hot steam; chop and cook the meat for the tamales without cutting or burning her hands.

When she turns eighteen, though, Ana knows she will keep making tamales and she will be able to do all of the steps herself in her very own factory. When Christmas comes around, Ana will deliver tamales to all of her customers around the world, in delivery trucks that say "Ana's Tamales." And, Ana thinks, if her sister Lidia wants to, she can work for her!

Gwendolyn Zepeda's rhythmic prose is combined with April Ward's bright illustrations to create an affectionate and amusing story about sibling relationships that introduces an important Hispanic holiday tradition—making tamales!

"My name is Ana. Every year, my family makes tamales for Christmas. This year, I am six, so I get to mix the dough, which is made of cornmeal. My sister Lidia is eight, so she gets to spread the dough on the corn husk leaves. I wish I was eight, so that my hands would be big enough to spread the dough just right—not too thick and not too thin."

And so the years pass, and Ana turns eight, ten, twelve, fourteen, sixteen. But every year, big sister Lidia is always two years older. Ana envies her elder sibling and wishes she could do what Lidia does: put just the right amount of meat inside the tamales and roll them up; steam the tamales without scalding herself with the hot, hot steam; chop and cook the meat for the tamales without cutting or burning her hands.

When she turns eighteen, though, Ana knows she will keep making tamales and she will be able to do all of the steps herself in her very own factory. When Christmas comes around, Ana will deliver tamales to all of her customers around the world, in delivery trucks that say "Ana's Tamales." And, Ana thinks, if her sister Lidia wants to, she can work for her!

Gwendolyn Zepeda's rhythmic prose is combined with April Ward's bright illustrations to create an affectionate and amusing story about sibling relationships that introduces an important Hispanic holiday tradition—making tamales!

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About the Author-
  • GWENDOLYN ZEPEDA is the author of three books for adults and three for children: I Kick the Ball / Pateo el balón (Piñata Books, 2010), Sunflowers / Girasoles (Piñata Books, 2009), and Growing Up with Tamales / Los tamales de Ana (Piñata Books, 2008). She was one of the founding staff writers of Television Without Pity (www.televisionwithoutpity.com), writing weekly entertainment pieces for over five million readers. Her essays have appeared on HipMama magazine's site and others. She has written and illustrated her award-winning website, www.gwenworld.com, since 1997. She lives in Houston with her family.

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  • Kirkus Reviews

    "[This] charming story celebrates the satisfaction found in accomplishing a goal—no matter how big or small—and the trust new responsibility engenders. Young readers will delight in Zepeda's use of repetition and will giggle over the story's jocular ending."

  • Críticas

    "This is an involving look at what it means to earn responsibilities—with just a little soupcon of sibling rivalry thrown in. A lovely complement to Gary Soto's Too Many Tamales ... Recommended for school and public libraries."

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