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The Three Little Tamales by [Kimmel, Eric A., Docampo, Valeria]
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While the three little tamales cool off on a windowsill, a tortilla rolls by. "You’ll be eaten. You’d better run!" he tells them. And so the tamales jump out the window. The first runs to the prairie and builds a house of sagebrush. The second runs to a cornfield and builds a house of cornstalks. The third runs to the desrt and builds a house of cactus. Then who should come along but Señor Lobo, the Big Bad Wolf, who plans to blow their houses down!Valeria Docampo’s oil-and-pencil illustrations add zest and humor to this rollicking southwestern version of a popular tale.

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Eric A. Kimmel lives in Portland, Oregon

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8216 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (April 10 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SX064C
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa6cfb7b0) out of 5 stars 92 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0017930) out of 5 stars A Fairy Tale Re Told May 2 2013
By Grady Harp - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
This well-written (by Eric A. Kimmel) and well-illustrated (by Valeria Docampo) parody of the traditional Three Little Pigs who each build houses under threat of destruction by the Big Bad Wolf this time around the `Three' are replaced by Three Little Tamales born in the Texas taqueria owned by Tia Lupe and Tio José. Prompted by an escaping tortilla who informs the little tamales they will be eaten unless they escape, the Three Little Tamales leave. One by one they decide where they want to live - in the sagebrush, in a cornfield and in a cactus patch. They each build casitas of the surrounding materials and when Señor Lobo, the Big Bad Wolf, approaches he is able to blow away the sagebrush house, the cornstalk house, but not the cactus house - in which the three little tamales have gathered for protections. When Señor Lobo climbs down the chimney he lands in the pot the Little Tamales have set for him and he escapes being made into a lobo tamale and the friends of the Three Little Tamales have a fiesta.

Not only is the story fun to read and exceptionally well designed and presented, but this is a chance to provide cultural exchanges for children at the highest and most accessible level! Very well done. Grady Harp, May 13
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa00192ac) out of 5 stars A classic tale updated for young desert dwellers April 15 2013
By Jason Kirkfield - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Jewish author Eric Kimmel has a soft spot for southwestern-inspired takeoffs of classic fairy tales. Here he spices up The Three Little Pigs.

=== I'll huff and I'll puff
=== like a Texas tornado
=== and blow your casita
=== from here to Laredo!

Argentinian artist Valeria Docampo (The Library Pages), is ready to mark her mark on the American market. Her winsome illustrations, rendered in oil, make this story. Señor Lobo here seems very much inspired by Wile E. Coyote, while I prefer the Big Bad Wolf characterization from Little Red Hot.

Perhaps this retelling is not quite as original in its unoriginality as some of Kimmel's other efforts. My favorite "Three Little Pigs" is still The True Story of the Three Little Pigs from fractured fairly tale king Jon Scieszka.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa00194e0) out of 5 stars A Great Reader's Theater Book May 11 2013
By crazyoaks - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
This story is based on the story of the three little pigs. The tamales do not want to be eaten so they run away. One builds a home in the sagebrush, one in the cornfield, and one in the cactus. Senor Lobo, the wolf huffs and puffs like a Texas tornado and threatened to blow the casitas to Laredo.

A picture book needs to be fun to read so that children will want to re-read it. This language in this book is part prose and part poetry. There is a glossary at the front to help pronounce the Spanish words.

The illustration in pictures books should match the text. The illustrator Valeria Decampo has created multicolored pictures of scenes that help the reader visualize the story. Even the end pages have cactus drawings. This book has pictures that children will want to copy and make stories of their own.

I can see so many uses for this picture book. First just to enjoy reading the story, second it would make a great reader's theater. If you are a teacher with a fairy tale thematic unit or stories with a Texas theme or Mexican heritage unit, then you need this book. There are a few references to Laredo and a Texas tornado, but other than that this book could be in any state where there is corn or sagebrush.

I like this book so much that I will be looking for Eric Kimmel's other book about the runaway tortilla.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa001981c) out of 5 stars Where's the Spark? May 28 2013
By OutlawPoet - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
This isn't my favorite of the author's retellings. While I'd consider myself a fan of the author, this one just didn't live up to my expectations.

As usual, the illustrations are really cute. The Three Little Tamales are adorable and Señor Lobo is perfect. Unfortunately, the story is just The Three Little Pigs. I kept waiting for something different that would set it apart, but there really wasn't anything. Replace the pigs with tamales. Replace the materials used for the houses with materials available in the Southwest and that's about it.

I appreciate the integration of Southwest and Latino culture/language into the story and the little repeated poem in the book was cute, but there were no surprises for the resident five-year-old (or her mom).

Still a cute book, but missing that spark that I'm used to from the author!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0019a68) out of 5 stars Hot Tamale!!! Feb. 16 2015
By E. Ervin - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is really a cute book that takes its plot from my old favorite Three Little Pigs. I have enjoyed reading this one to young students along with the old favorite. It is fun to contrast and compare and they actually enjoy the lesson. Not being from the desert area, it is also interesting to note the scenery and the differences in the landmarks. Some of my kids actually did not know what a tamale was so that was fun, too. I like this book a lot.