By: Terri Fields
Illustrated by: Sherry Rogers
Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
Publication Date: June 2007
Reviewed by: Lynette Latzko
Review Date: April 12, 2010
Based on the children's classic story, The Little Red Hen, Burro's Tortillas tells the entertaining tale of a burro who discovers a corn crop that is ripe for picking and making tortillas. So he sets off one day to gather the corn and decides to enlist his three friends, the bobcat, coyote and jackrabbit to help him. Unfortunately, little Burro quickly finds out that his friends are not only uninterested in corn picking, they are too busy or feel the hard work is beneath them, so he ends up doing all the work of removing the kernels, washing and grinding them, making the dough balls and baking it entirely by himself. It's a job that is quite extensive and tiresome! Finally, when the smell of fresh tortillas floats into the air, Burro's friends come running over to help him...eat the tortillas that is, but will he take them up on their offer at this point?
Burro's Tortillas is an adorable, whimsical story that includes lovely illustrations, a glance into a different culture and their tortilla making process, and even has a little lesson “twist” about cooperation and helping others. The author has a wonderful knack for mixing together puns, humor, and both English and Spanish words into well developed and memorable characters that will entertain and educate not only children, but even curious adults. To further enhance the reading experience of this great book,Sylvan Dell Publishing has included (at the end of the story) a section entitled 'For Creative Minds,' which specifically includes a few quizzes, a tortilla recipe and also online resources that are packed full of educational materials, related websites and English/Spanish audiobooks.
Quill says: Come visit little burro in his tortilla making adventures, and who knows, maybe you'll want to make some of your own tortillas too!