Wednesday, May 1, 2013

We Are All The Same - Cinco de Mayo

In Celebration of Cinco de Mayo
Too Many Tamales
by Gary Soto 

I believe that we can find common themes in every culture and in every book that is written about cultures.  For instance, children are children no matter their heritage.  The picture book Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto is a wonderfully funny story about Maria who places her mother's diamond ring on her finger.  What follows in truly a picture of what children do to work their way out of trouble.

I really enjoy Gary Soto because of his ability to capture the innocence in adolescent-aged children.  The topics in his stories can easily remind us of our own coming-of-age experiences, as well as make all readers feel as if they can relate to his writing.  It is for this reason his stories are included on young adult reading lists.

The same holds true for the story of Maria in Too Many Tamales.  We have all found ourselves in a similar predicament in which we try everything to avoid getting into trouble.  And although it may seem nerve-wrecking at the time, those are the instances that we can look back and enjoy a good laugh.  I think that is why we can read about Maria and both sympathize and giggle.

Although the story is set at Christmastime, it really sends a universal message about the importance of family and the bond that we have with one another...a great prequel to a unit on Cinco de Mayo or Mothers' Day!

 Here are some ideas for Cinco de Mayo!
The titles link to the websites.

Cinco de Mayo Video 
This video teaches students about the meaning of Cinco de Mayo.


Shake Things Up provides a tutorial for these adorable Maraca Cookies.  Fun to make and delicious to eat.  A great treat for children and adults with a sweet tooth!

Spark People has a kid-friendly tamale recipe.

Share My Lesson has a wonderful unit of study about Cinco de Mayo that aligns with the Common Core StandardsYou can register for free to access units of study.     

Teacher Vision provides a lesson plan on inferencing using Soto's book.

Truffles that taste just like CHURROS! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo

Churro Truffles
Pizzerie has created a truffle for Cinco de Mayo that has the same flavors as the ever-loved Churro, fried-dough pastries rolled in sugar and cinnamon.   They are so easy to make.  Since they are mini you can have one (or ten) without feeling guilty!

Tell Us About How You Will Celebrate 
Cinco de Mayo!

Linking to:
Foodie Friday
Share It Saturday
On the Menu Monday
Tasty Tuesday
Homemaking Party 
Say It Two Ways Thursdays


  1. An adorable post. I love discovering new children's books--I'll send one to my granddaughter. Thanks for linking to Foodie Friday!

    1. Thank you for your comments. I think your granddaughter will enjoy Soto's book. Thank you for hosting Foodie Friday! It is a terrific resource!!!

  2. Thank you for the recipe. Great post!

    1. You are welcome, Tyler. Thank you for co-hosting Foodie Friday. I enjoy participating weekly! I love the virtual cookbook!

  3. I LOVE the maraca cookies! I would love for you to link up activities like this that teach children about other languages and cultures at my weekly link-up "Say it Two Ways Thursdays". Link up at It Two Ways Thursdays.

    1. Thank you for your comment. We will definitely link to "Say It Two Ways Thursdays".

  4. I love Gary Soto & tamales! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers!

    1. Thank you, Anyonita! I am so glad you enjoy Soto, too!