It’s here, it’s here! My favorite season of the year!
Happy Autumn, Cutie Pies!
To celebrate, I’m sharing four haiku from that delectable harvest of foodie goodness, Yum! ¡MmMm! ¡Qué Rico!: Americas’ Sproutings by Pat Mora and Rafael López (Lee & Low, 2007).
This mouth-watering collection features fourteen familiar foods native to the Americas (corn, blueberries, chiles, tomatoes, pecans, pumpkins). With choice sensory details, touches of whimsy, and a generous sprinkling of joy, Ms. Mora captures their very essence, illuminating how these foods have enriched our lives for centuries (hello, chocolate!). 🙂
Each of the haiku is paired with a sidebar brimming with fascinating tidbits about the food’s origin, history, cultural significance and/or current uses.
Rafael López’s exuberant, color saturated acrylic on wood paintings leap off the page, incorporating wondrous narratives to feed the imagination via beautiful layers, textures, luscious details and a fetching cast of diverse characters.
What child would not love to reach for a piece of chocolate pie floating on a cloud, or ride atop a giant bird tossing blueberries? And wouldn’t it be fun to party with a giant peanut butter sandwich or dancing pineapple?
This scrumptious award winning feast of words and pictures is wholly satisfying — a fun and informative treat for all ages just perfect for perking up the Fall palate and celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.
Mr. Cornelius and the Alphabet Soup kitchen helpers picked these sample poems just for you. Enjoy. Qué Rico!
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Chewing your perfume,
we taste your leafy jungle.
Yum! Juicy tropics.
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We crack hard, brown shells,
family munching, story time,
crunchy taste of fall.
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Under round luna,
scattered tumblings down the rows,
autumn’s orange face.
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squirts seedy, juicy splatter.
Red bursts in your mouth.
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🎃 TASTY LEETLE PUMPKINS 🎃
After reading the Pumpkin haiku, the resident bears were curious about tasting fresh pumpkin. Mr. Jama procured some mini pumpkins, just the right size for hungry little bears.
Did you know they’re called Jack Be Little pumpkins? Adorable! We get some every year for decoration but never thought to actually eat them.
After washing our little Jacks, we simply cut the tops off,
removed the seeds and strings with an ice cream scoop,
filled the cavities with about a tablespoon of butter, a teaspoon of brown sugar, and sprinkles of cinnamon and nutmeg,
replaced the lids, and then baked them at 350 degrees for about an hour.
Once they were done, it was fun to lift those little lids, scrape the pumpkin meat from the sides and mix it with the butter and brown sugar mixture. Yum! Growls of approval!
I’ve used mini pumpkins for table settings, but now that I know they’re actually edible (and tasty), I think they would make a cute first course for Thanksgiving.
You can eat them simply like we did here, or stuff them with pretty much anything — this Country Living recipe for Baked Stuffed Pumpkins calls for a mixture of Israeli couscous, apples, onions, cranberries and Italian sausage; and Whole Foods has a Wild Rice Stuffed Mini Pumpkin recipe with cranberries (sounds good).
These leetle pumpkin pots are a novel way to serve soup, puddings, chunky relishes, or a serving of your favorite veggies. They’re just too cute. Qué rico! (Can you tell I like saying that?) 🙂
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YUM! ¡MmMm! ¡QUÉ RICO!
written by Pat Mora
illustrated by Rafael López
published by Lee & Low, 2007
Poetry Picture Book for ages 5+, 32 pp.
*Américas Book Award, ALA Notable Book
**Available in English and Spanish editions
♥ Visit the publisher’s website for reviews, an interview with the author, and a Teacher’s Guide.
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The lovely and talented Laura Purdie Salas is hosting this week’s Roundup at Writing the World for Kids. I wonder which of today’s featured foods is her favorite? Do you think it’s pumpkin? 🙂
*Spreads posted by permission of the publisher, text copyright © 2007 Pat Mora, illustrations © 2007 Rafael López, published by Lee & Low Books. All rights reserved.
Copyright © 2014 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.