What Can You Do with a Paleta?

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Where the paleta wagon rings its tinkly belland carries a treasure of icy paletasin every color of the sarape . . .

As she strolls through her barrio, a young girl introduces readers to the frozen, fruit-flavored treat that thrills Mexican and Mexican-American children. Create a masterpiece, make tough choices (strawberry or coconut?), or cool off on a warm summer's day--there's so much to do with a paleta.
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About the author

MAGALY MORALES is known for the bright colors and infectious sense of play in her illustrations. She was born in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.

CARMEN TAFOLLA is a poet whose stories for children and adults have appeared in more than two hundred poetry anthologies. She lives in a hundred-year-old house in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, children, mother, and many pets.
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Tricycle Press
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Apr 24, 2013
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Juvenile Fiction / Cooking & Food
Juvenile Fiction / Imagination & Play
Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino
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A vivid depiction of the early injustices encountered by a young Mexican-American girl in San Antonio in the 1920's, this book tells the true story of Emma Tenayuca. Emma learns to care deeply about poverty and hunger during a time when many Mexican Americans were starving to death and working unreasonably long hours at slave wages in the city's pecan-shelling factories. Through astute perception, caring, and personal action, Emma begins to get involved and eventually, at the age of 21, leads 12,000 workers in the first significant historical action in the Mexican-American struggle for justice. Emma Tenayuca's story serves as a model for young and old alike about courage, compassion, and the role everyone can play in making the world fairer. "Una representacion vivida de las injusticias con las que se encuentra una joven mexicano-americana en San Antonio en las decadas de 1920 y 1930, este libro cuenta la historia verdadera de Emma Tenayuca. Emma aprende a preocuparse por la pobreza y el hambre durante una epoca cuando muchos mexicano-americanos se morian de inanicion y trabajaban horas excesivamente largas por sueldos exiguos en las fabricas de pacana. A traves de percepcion perspicaz, un buen corazon y accion personal, Emma empieza a involucrarse y al final, a los 21 anos, lleva a 12.000 trabajadores a tomar accion por la primera vez en la historia de la lucha mexicano-americana por la justicia. El relato de Emma Tenayuca sirve de modelo para tanto los jovenes como los adultos sobre el valor, la compasion y el papel que puede desempena quienquiera en hacer mas justo el mundo."
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