Reviews for Paco and the Giant Chile Plant / Paco Y La Planta De Chile Gigante

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Fall
In this southwestern-flavored folktale retelling, Jack is replaced by Paco and his beanstalk by a gigantic chile plant. Spanish words are sprinkled throughout the English-language text, adding spice and facilitating learning of simple Spanish vocabulary. Desert-hued pencil and digital illustrations nicely enhance the telling--with a twist ending. Glos. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Library Media Connection Reviews 2009 January
This is a bilingual retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk fairytale. Spanish words are substituted sporadically for English. In this version, the boy uses a bag of hot chiles as defense against the giant. The giant shrinks, and the boy discovers the giant is really his father. Together they chop down the beanstalk and reunite as a family. Students familiar with the traditional tale will be able to figure out most of the Spanish words, but a vocabulary list is given at the back as an aid. However, there is no pronunciation key for the Spanish words. The bold colored illustrations help students comprehend the southwestern setting. This will be a valuable purchase for collections needing bilingual or comparative fairy tales. Recommended. Susan Boatwright, Teacher-Librarian, Prairie Crest Elementary, College Community Schools, Cedar Rapids, Iowa [Editor?s Note: Also available in paperback (978-0-9794462-3-8).] ¬ 2009 Linworth Publishing, Inc.