I fell in love with this book at my school’s recent book fair and knew that it would be a perfect choice for a BookWalk. It’s Yum! MmMm! Que Rico! Americas’ Sproutings. Does this cover excite you as much as it does me?
Pat Mora has written 14 delectable haiku about some of the most popular foods found in the Americas. They include blueberries, chile peppers, chocolate, corn, cranberries, papayas, peanuts, pecans, pineapples, potatoes, prickly pears, pumpkins, tomatoes, and vanilla.
Rafael Lopez translated Mora’s words into equally tasty visions. Lopez is known for his fabulous murals often located in large urban areas. He has managed to bring that same wide-open freedom and bliss to the pages of this book.
In addition to the haiku and joyous artwork, this book gives some additional information about each of the foods named. The regional origins and histories open up perfect opportunities for further discussions. As a matter of fact, this selection is a superb vehicle for teaching about food, history, poetry, art, and multiculturalism.
Rush out and find this book! I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it, too. You might also check out the websites of the author and illustrator. Pat Mora can be found at patmora.com and Rafael Lopez is at rafaellopez.com.
Yum! MmMm! Que Rico! Americas’ Sproutings
Haiku by Pat Mora
Pictures by Rafael Lopez
Lee and Low Books Inc.