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Yum! ¡Mmmm! ¡Qué Rico! Americas' Sproutings

By Pat Mora

Illustrated by Rafael Lopez


Smear nutty butter,
then jelly. Gooey party,
my sandwich and me.

Peanuts, blueberries, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, and more — here is a luscious collection of haiku celebrating foods native to the Americas. Brimming with imagination and fun, these poems capture the tasty essence of foods that have delighted, united, and enriched our lives for centuries. Exuberant illustrations bring to life the delicious spirit of the haiku, making Yum! ¡Mmmm! ¡Qué rico! an eye-popping, mouth-watering treat. Open it and dig in!

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Teacher's Guide

Children's Books of the Year
Bank Street College Children's Book Committee

ALA Notable Children's Book
American Library Association (ALA)

Texas Bluebonnet Masterlist
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Best of the Best Books
Chicago Public Library

Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
American Library Association (ALA)

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Interest Level
Grades K - 6
Reading Level
Grade 3
Cultural diversity, Food, Poetry, Nonfiction
About the Creators

Pat Mora is the author of numerous award-winning children’s books. She is also the founder of the family literacy initiative El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). Mora and her husband live in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visit her on the Web at www.patmora.com

Photo: Cheron Bayna

Rafael Lopez grew up in Mexico City, and his art is strongly influenced by the work of Mexican muralists. He has created many large murals for public spaces, including the Urban Art Trail Project in downtown San Diego. López's first book, My Name is Celia, won an Américas Award and a Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor. He lives in San Diego, California, with his wife and their son. To find out more about Rafael Lopez, visit rafaellopez.com

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