Bibliographic Information: Morales, Y. (2016). Just a minute: A trickster tale and counting book. United States: Chronicle Books.
Annotation: Just A Minute is about a grandmother who has an unexpected skeleton guest who requests her to leave with him right away. Grandmother Beetle outwits the skeleton and celebrates her birthday with her loved ones.
Genre: Fables, Folk Tales and Myths
Grade Level: k-2
Readers who will like this book: Children who are interested in Mexican culture and are learning how to count both in English and Spanish would enjoy reading this book.
Personal response and rating: 4/5 This is a wonderful multicultural book that helps students learn how to count in both Spanish and English.
Text dependent question: How many guests does grandma Beetle have at her birthday dinner?
Reading Strategies: Teachers can use Book Boxes as a strategy to enhance the students comprehension of the book. Students will create a decorative box that will contain important objects and pictures that were mentioned in the book. Later students can share with classmates what objects and pictures they chose to put in their box an why those specific objects and pictures are important to the story. This strategy is useful because it helps students with their vocabulary and build background knowledge with the objects in their boxes.