Just a Minute: A trickster Tale and Counting Book by Yuyi Morales

Pura Belpre Award for Illustration and Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Illustration

Bibliographic Information:  Morales, Y. (2003). Just a minute: A trickster tale and counting book. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.

Annotation:  Senor Calavera wanted Grandma Bettle to come with him. However, Grandma Bettle had things to do around the house.  Grandma Bettle told Senor Calavera “Just a Minute” every time she started a new task.  After Grandma Bettle and her grandchildren had celebrated grandma Bettle’s birthday, she told Senor Calavera she was ready, but Senor Calavera was gone and would be back next year.

Genre: Fables, Folk Tales and Myths

Grade Level:  1st Grade – 3rd Grade

Interested Readers:  Readers who are interested in the Spanish culture could be interested in this book.  Readers who are also interested in family situations, grandparents or counting, could also be interested in this book.  This book could also interest readers based on the culturally diverse literature.

Personal Response and Rating:  This book was a culturally diverse book about the Spanish culture.  I feel this book is a unique counting book which some students might be interested in.  I enjoyed how this book also discusses Spanish numbers.  Overall, the way the book discussed death and leaving the world was not as pleasing as I hoped it would be.  Overall, I would give this book a 3/5 star rating.

Text-Dependent Question:  How many grandchildren did Grandma Bettle have?

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