The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred

by Samantha Vamos and Rafael López

“This is the pot that the farm maiden stirred,” begins Samantha R. Vamos’s... read more

“This is the pot that the farm maiden stirred,” begins Samantha R. Vamos’s playful representation of a recipe for arroz con leche— rice pudding. Following the basic structure of “This Is the House That Jack Built,” ingredients, utensils, and participants are added to demonstrate the process, which becomes more complex as the pudding cooks. To add to the fun, each turn of the page repeats the previous phrases, but with key words first introduced in English now in Spanish: The pot becomes the cazuela , the cow becomes the vaca , and the sugar becomes the azúcar . By the end of the sequence, when the cazuela is finally ready, everyone involved in its creation says thanks and celebrates the dish they all worked hard to make. Patterned language, rhythm, and repetition, coupled with illustrator Rafael López’s brilliantly hued acrylic paintings, capture the excitement of this lively story. A recipe for arroz con leche and glossary with a pronunciation guide for Spanish words are also included. (Ages 4–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2012

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