The Dog Who Loved Tortillas / La perrita que le encantaban las tortillas

By Benjamin Alire Saenz; Geronimo Garcia (Illustrator)
(Cinco Puntos Press, Hardcover, 9781933693545, 40pp.)

Publication Date: August 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Taking care of a new puppy isn't as easy as Diego and Gabriela imagined.

About the Author

Benjamin Alire Sáenz is a novelist, poet, essayist and writer of children's books. He has received the Wallace Stegner Fellowship, the Lannan Fellowship and an American Book Award. He teaches at the University of Texas at El Paso, and considers himself a fronterizo, a person of the border.

Praise For The Dog Who Loved Tortillas / La perrita que le encantaban las tortillas

"Garcia's signature folk-inspired, sculpted clay illustrations depict a lovably goofy little mutt. Rounded shaped-heads, dog bed, tortillas and more combine with a warm palette to create a cozy, comforting atmosphere that reflects the traditions of Mexican-American family life described in the dual English/Spanish narrative. A universal message with a Latino flavor." —Kirkus Reviews

"Sáenz’s text almost makes the book read like a short story—one that ably portrays mischievous sibling dynamics, a love of animals and the ways families come together during difficult times (Sofie falls ill at one point)." —Publisher's Weekly

"A captivating bilingual book with close family relationships and unconditional love at its core." —Library Journal

"Drawing on characters introduced in A Gift from Papa Diego, Diego, his big sister, Gabriela, and their parents return in this delightful story of two kids and their dog, Sophie, who is almost impossible to train until they discover her love for tortillas. This delightful bilingual tale is about sharing, family connections, and a cherished pet." —Tucson Citizen

"The clay-art figure illustrations are cheerful and add a high degree of interest. Elementary teachers will find the content appropriate for enrichment or in a unit about family relationships, although this dialogue-heavy book will require more than one class period for reading. Second and third year high school Spanish classes can use the text for work with the preterit and imperfect tenses." —Library Media Connection

"The vocabulary used in the story is advanced but not too challenging. The message is important because many kids today want pets but do not realize the responsibilities that come along with them, or how to provide them with proper care." —Oneota Reading Journal

"Benjamin Alire Sáenz‘s The Dog Who Loved Tortillas, with vibrant clay illustrations by Geronimo Garcia, will be a hit with any kid who has ever begged his parents for a dog." —New West

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