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What Can You Do with a Rebozo? [Hardcover]

Carmen Tafolla , Amy Cordova

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Book Description

April 1 2008
What can you use
to dress up,
play hide-and-seek,
carry baby brother,
and DANCE with?

A rebozo!

In a playful celebration of a vibrant culture, a young girl and her family show all the things they do in their daily lives with a rebozo, a traditional Mexican woven shawl. Lively prose and rich illustrations honor a warm and colorful cultural icon.

You can do almost anything with a rebozo--and a little imagination!



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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (April 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582462208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582462202
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 23.6 x 0.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #604,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description


Para los ninos, Tafolla and Cordova weave together a delightful swirl of color, rhythm, and rhyme, delightful as a rebozo. ---Pat Mora

About the Author

Carmen Tafolla is a widely anthologized Mexican-American poet, with poems and stories for children and adults appearing in more than two hundred anthologies. A recipient of the Art of Peace Award, she has been recognized by the Texas Book Festival, Wellington International Poetry Festival, and the National Association of Chicano Studies. She enjoys inventing uses for her rebozos in San Antonio, Texas, where she lives with her husband, children, mother, and many pets in a hundred-year-old house.

Amy Cordova is an artist and art educator who has spent many years exploring culture, community, and sense of place. She lives in northern New Mexico, where she and her partner, Dan Enger, own a gallery brimming with their bold and colorful works. She also lives with two magical Chihuahuas, Unica and Onesimo, who fill her days with happy inspiration.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This lively, vibrant book won the 2009 Pura Belpré Illustration Honor! Can you think of a good use for a rebozo? Sept. 27 2009
By D. Fowler - Published on Amazon.com
A rebozo or Mexican shawl has all kinds of different uses. They can be made of very practical materials for everyday use or fancy ones for those special occasions. The little girl's mama has a pretty blue one with wide spaced fringe that makes it just perfect for Sundays when she "spreads it like a butterfly to pretty up her dress." On the other hand, the rebozo can be folded into a little backpack to hold her baby brother so Mama can braid her hair. They are good for little brothers to hide under and big sisters can weave them into their beautiful black hair to make them look even more beautiful!

Little girls can cuddle up to their grandmas underneath a rebozo to keep warm, cozy and get lots of hugs. They are good for wiping up stains, but Daddy will need to wash it after cleaning up a mess. On birthdays they can be used to cover one's eyes when trying to hit the colorful piñata (no peeking!), they can be used to make a secret tunnel between two chairs, they make great Superman capes on Halloween, they are good for wrapping a sick puppy in, making a slide from the top bunk and, best of all, winding around your body when you dance the La Bamba.

This is a beautiful book that is vibrant and lots of fun. The gorgeous, very complimentary artwork won the 2009 Pura Belpré Illustration Honor. In the back of the book is a brief historical discussion about rebozos. This would be a fun book to read during circle or story time in a library or classroom setting. Don't forget to bring your rebozo!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Educational and informative April 13 2008
By Armchair Interviews - Published on Amazon.com
A rebozo is a traditional Mexican shawl. The book, What Can You Do With a Rebozo? is a fun and educational look at the traditional garb of a culture some readers may not be familiar with.

A young girl invites you into her home and life and shows you, through the story, the various uses for a rebozo. The uses are creative and practical; from using it as a wrap to carry a baby to using it to cover one when they fall asleep.

What makes What Can You Do With a Rebozo? especially good for children is the manner in which the author is able to inform and entertain. I love the illustrations. They are vibrant, inviting and informative. Children will be drawn to the pictures and thus the story as the illustrations complement the story.

Armchair Interviews says: A book to help children learn about their own, or perhaps another culture while enjoying a good story.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who can use a Rebozo? Nov. 17 2008
By Cynthia Harvey - Published on Amazon.com
Wonderful book! I checked this book out of the library for my grandaughter. She loved it soo much that I had to buy it!
I appreciated that the theme and pictures had a hispanic (latino) flavor. An added plus was the multi generational family portrayed.
My grandaughter's favorite part is when the brother cleans up spilled ketchup with the rebozo and then the Dad launders it.
5.0 out of 5 stars What can you do with a Rebozo? Oct. 29 2010
By Kimberly Lott - Published on Amazon.com
Wow!! Man this book was amazing and i really loved all the bright colors. This book is really creative and shows you what a little girl and mom can do with a rebozo. A rebozo is a really big scarf that you can wear and play with in many different ways. After reading this book it made me want to go shopping and buy a rebozo just so i could see how many ways i could wear one.

What keep me reading this book is because of the pictures and colors that were used. The reason why i choose to read this book was because i read "What can you do with a Paleta" and i loved that book so I knew I would love this one. I think that this book is a must read for all ages. :)
4.0 out of 5 stars review June 2 2012
By Nick - Published on Amazon.com
What Can You Do With a Rebozo? By Carmen Tafolla is a book that contains a series of different scenes depicting a young girl and all of the things that she can do with a rebozo. A rebozo is a Mexican version of a shawl. The young girl does many different things with her rebozo; some were practical uses while others were just to have fun. Her mother uses a rebozo to create a back cradle to put her baby into; the young girl used her rebozo at one point as a cape for a Halloween costume.

Within this book there was no real plot or conflict. The author simply made wrote about the different uses. The only hint of a plot came where after all the different things she could do with her rebozo, she fell asleep in her mother bed with the rebozo covering her like a blanket.

This book shows the reader different aspects of a Mexican family's life. Throughout the book there are a few Spanish words which also help promote the multicultural attribute of this book. I would recommend this book if you want to introduce the home life of a Mexican family, but not if you seek a book with a moral stance or some type of conflict.

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