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About Samantha R. Vamos
Samantha is the author of six children's picture books: "THE PIÑATA THAT THE FARM MAIDEN HUNG" (Charlesbridge, 2019, Sebastià Serra), "ALPHABET BOATS" (2018), "ALPHABET TRAINS" (2015), "ALPHABET TRUCKS" (2013, Ryan O'Rourke), "THE CAZUELA THAT THE FARM MAIDEN STIRRED" (2011, Rafael López), and "BEFORE YOU WERE HERE, MI AMOR" (Viking, 2009, Santiago Cohen). Samantha lives and writes in the Bay Area. Visit http://www.samanthavamos.com to learn more.
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Discover twenty-six types of vessels, from the more common--canoe and motorboat--to the unusual--umiak and Q-boat. Just like in Alphabet Trucks and Alphabet Trains, colorful art includes the letters of the alphabet hidden (and not-so-hidden) in supporting roles in the illustrations. The text features familiar as well as unusual boats from around the world, packing in tons of instant kid appeal, and upper and lowercase letters are integrated into the action of the art rather than solely in the typography. Back matter includes age-appropriate facts about each featured boat.
There is a train—some familiar and some unusual—for every letter of the alphabet. Trains are used all over the world for carrying people and cargo from place to place. With a bouncy rhyming text, and clever illustrations full of visual cues, young readers will love learning all about trains.
A companion to the Children's Book Award nominated Alphabet Trucks!
· CCBC Choices 2016: Annual best-of-the-year list of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center.
A young girl sets out on errands for the day, and while she's gone, the farm maiden prepares a piñata from scratch with help from a boy, horse, goose, cat, sheep, and farmer. After they all fall asleep in the afternoon sun, they must scramble to finish preparations in time--just as the girl arrives back to her surprise party. Key English words change to Spanish as the cumulative verse builds to the celebratory ending. With the familiarity of "The House That Jack Built," the tale cleverly incorporates Spanish words, adding a new one in place of the English word from the previous page. This book makes learning the language easy and fun. Back matter includes a glossary, definitions, and directions for making a piñata at home.
“A wonderful read-aloud, filled with merriment and conviviality” — Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review
“The artistry of this book makes it a must buy for all libraries" — School Library Journal, STARRED review
This is the story of how the farm maiden and all the farm animals worked together to make the rice pudding that they serve at the fiesta. With the familiarity of "The House That Jack Built," this story bubbles and builds just like the ingredients of the arroz con leche that everyone enjoys. Cleverly incorporating Spanish words, adding a new one in place of the English word from the previous page, this book makes learning the language easy and fun.
Rafael Lopez covers each page with vibrant, exuberant color, celebrating tradition and community.
Back matter includes a glossary of Spanish words and a recipe for arroz con leche—perfect for everyone to make together and enjoy at story time.
· Scholastic Reading Club Selection
· Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People 2012 (NCSS)
· Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts 2012 (NCTE)
· NYPL’s list of “100 Titles for Reading and Sharing” in 2011