Friday, May 12, 2017

Juan's Sweet and Spicy Memory - a bookwrap

Welcome to the wonderful country of Mexico.  Cinco de Mayo is about to begin and Juan would love you to join in with him as it is celebrated.


"Juan's Sweet and Spicy Memory"

Authored by Hee Jung Yoon
Illustrations by Christopher Carr

Ages: 7-9 years
Grade Level:  2-4 

Unwrapping some very colourful and detailed illustrations for you to enjoy

About the book

Hola, it's Cinco de Mayo in Mexico and Juan wakes up to the yummy smell of baked tortillas that his Mom and Grandma are preparing in the kitchen.  He eagerly stuffs his tummy, grabs his festive homemade hat, and rushes out to meet his friend Pancho at the plaza.  

The plaza is filled with people celebrating and enjoying the festivities.   The boys encounter a tourist family who want to try tasty tacos and wonder where they can find some.  Luckily Juan's family owns a taco restaurant and the two boys happily escort the visitors to the best tacos in town, his father's diner.  They then act as guides and show the family several attractions.  

The book elaborates on the food, culture, kindness and care that the local people share with visitors to their country. Throughout the book the author has added additional information to educate the reader even further on all things Mexican.  After spending a wonderful day together with the family, Juan generously gives away his beloved hat and a piñata to the little boy in the family.  They smile and wave at each other for a long time as their departure time is finalized. 

I especially liked at the back of the book where actual facts and pictures of Mexico appear.  That section would be perfect for a beginner to use for a project on Mexico.  The illustrations are brilliantly and wildly coloured, depicting the spirit of Cinco de Mayo and the country at its best.  They are whimsical and very kid-friendly. This is a fun book to read and designed for discussion.  I am sure both young and old will experience an authentic taste of Mexico as the book is shared together. 

Storywraps rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!

Introducing the author and illustrator

Hee Jung Yoon began writing novels and children’s books after studying Korean literature in college. She has also authored My Mom, Mrs. Bo Yim Choi, The Life Story as Told by Nature, When I Met Socrates, A Strange Man, Earth, Are You Alright?, Five-Thousand-Year-Old Art that Surprised the World, and Myeong-Shim-Bo-Gam, among others. 

Author Christopher Corr was born in London and studied graphic design at Manchester Polytechnic and illustration at the Royal Academy of Arts. He has won art awards from several organizations and is currently illustrating children’s books, stamps and magazines.

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