Thursday, April 9, 2009

Poetry Book Review: Yum! MmMm! Que Rico!

Yum! MmMm! Que Rico! Americas' Sproutings

Written by: Pat Mora

Illustrated by: Rafael Lopez

Publisher: Lee and Low Books; 2007

ISBN #: 978-1-58430-271-1


This collection of fourteen haiku poems by Pat Mora are all about foods that are native to the Americas. Each poem is accompanied by some background information about each individual food as well as a colorful illustration that brings each verse to life.

My Thoughts on This Book:

One warning about this book--don't read it when you are hungry! The colorful illustrations by Lopez vibrantly jump off the page almost as juicy as the fruits described in some of the haiku! Pat Mora does a beautiful job of describing these foods native to the Americas in the concise haiku format. Her word choice is perfect to describe these delicious foods--many of which I did not realize were native to the Americas until I read this book. This would be an excellent book to share with students to introduce them to the poetic form of haiku.

The background information provided about each food are an added bonus, providing the reader with the origins of each food as well as ways each food can be prepared and served. I also enjoyed the touches of Spanish influence throughout the book from Spanish words interspersed throughout some of the poems. A great way to add some Spanish to your vocabulary!

Review Excerpt:

From School Library Journal: "Teachers will find this a welcome addition to their social-studies units, but it should also win a broad general audience for its inventive, fun-filled approach to an ever-popular topic: food."

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