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Just A Minute by Yuyi Morales

on August 22, 2014

Just a minute : a trickster tale and counting book

Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale & Counting Book by Yuyi Morales

Picture Book

Ages: 3+

Genre: Folk and Fairy Tales, Concept Book, birthdays, trickster tales

Find this book at your local library

On the morning of Grandma Beetle’s birthday, Senor Galavera (the skeleton of death) pays her a visit. Using her wits, she requests “Just a minute” to prepare for her birthday celebration. She sweeps one house, boils two pots of tea, etc. That is just the start. She counts up to 10 in both English and Spanish to track all of the preparations, delaying death for another year.

Yuri Morales is a gold standard for the San Jose library system and our large Spanish-speaking population. Her book seamlessly interweaves Spanish numbers with English text. The illustrations are vibrant, expressive and no spot of the page is left uncolored. Trickster tales are some of my favorites. Anansi is the most well-known trickster, but it is nice to read Trickster stories from other cultures and traditions. We usually read this book for a storytime for the Dia de los Muertos celebration, but this can be read at any time of the year.

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