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My Pet Book by Bob Staake
No by Claudia Rueda
Pigmalion by Glenda Leznoff
Science Fiction by Joe Ollmann
Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue
Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle 10 by CLAMP
The Twins' Blanket by Hyewon Yum
Waluk by Emilo Ruiz
Where Are You, Blue Kangaroo by Emma Chichester Clark
Wire Mothers: Harry Harlow and the Science of Love by Jim Ottaviani
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Too Many Tamales: 10/10/15

Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto: Don't wear jewelry while cooking.

Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto is about family and cooking tamales. Maria is helping make tamales for a family get together. Her mother has let her try on her wedding ring but Maria has to promise not to wear it while cooking!

After all the tamales are finished, Maria wants to wear the wedding ring again but it's missing! Assuming the worst, she and the other children set down to eating all the tamales until they find the ring.

You can imagine what happens next. But this story is also about family and it has a happy ending, although one with belly aches for the children.

Ed Martinez's paintings bring the children to life. Their expressions are exactly what you'd expect given the apparent gravity of the situation.

It was recommended to me by my daughter, who read it in school.

Four stars

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