May Your Life Be Deliciosa

May Your Life Be Deliciosa
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September 14, 2021
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A delicious and fortifying picture book inspired by the author’s family, featuring the Mexican tradition of holiday tamale-making

“What is the recipe?” I ask. Abuela laughs. “It is in my heart, Rosie. I use mis ojos, my eyes, to measure. Mis manos, my hands, to feel. Mi boca, my mouth, to taste. My abuela gave it to me, and I am giving it to you.” Each year on Christmas Eve, Rosie’s abuela, mamá, tía, sister, and cousins all gather together in Abuela’s kitchen to make tamales—cleaning corn husks, chopping onions and garlic, roasting chilis, kneading cornmeal dough, seasoning the filling, and folding it all—and tell stories. Rosie learns from her abuela not only how to make a delicious tamale, but how to make a delicious life, one filled with love, plenty of spice, and family.

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Holiday Tamales Bring the Whole Family Together
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What Worked: On Christmas Eve it is tradition to come together as a family to each take a part in making tamales. Through the work, the family is made stronger with stories and love. This book blends English and Spanish words so that it has a more immersive effect on the story. The illustrations are in warm earthy tones that help the feeling of love and family support shine through.
Final Verdict: This would be a great addition to any family or elementary class learning how holidays are celebrated by different families. It is very respectful of the Hispanic culture and a heartfelt portrayal of a Christmas tradition that the author participated in with his own family.
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