What's Everybuggy Reading: Thistle

The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred

by Samantha R. Vamos

Illustrated by Rafael Lopez

Charlesbridge, 2011

Hola, everybuggy! I loved reading all the Spanish words in this month's Spider, so I was excited to check out this bilingual (that means "two languages") picture book.

The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred is based on the nursery rhyme "The House That Jack Built," but instead of building a house, the farm maiden makes cazuela, a delicious rice pudding. You'll meet all the animals who helped her make the pudding, including a friendly goat who churned the cream to make the mantequilla, butter, that went into the cazuela that the farm maiden stirred. Phew! I'm out of breath. The story is written mostly in English, but the Spanish words are easy to understand thanks to clear, colorful illustrations and a glossary at the back of the book. Plus, there's a recipe for arroz con leche at the end! Yummy!

Many really smart experts say that the younger you are, the easier it isto learn a new language. Since I am the youngest buggy in the bunch, that should make me a natural. Pretty soon, Miro won't be the only bilingual buggy on the block—adios for now, amigos!

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