Holy Mole!

A Folktale from Mexico

By Caroline McAlister; Stefan Czernecki (Illustrator)
(August House Publishers, Hardcover, 9780874837759, 32pp.)

Publication Date: December 2006

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When the Spanish viceroy comes for an unscheduled visit to the monastery, the cook goes into a frenzy. What will they feed this important ambassador to the king? Carlos, the orphan boy who works in the kitchen, tries to stay out of the way as lunch is hastily prepared, but his curiosity gets the best of him. His eagerness results in a moment of crisis, followed by what Brother Roberto can only assume is a miracle. This story, inspired by the Mexican folk tradition, explains the origins of mole, the popular national dish that combines chocolate with turkey, spices, and nuts.

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