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Too Many Tamales: 10/10/15
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.