and the Giant Chile Plant
by Elizabeth O. Dulemba
by Raven Tree Press
Hot and spicy chile beans…and Paco!
When I first read the title I wondered why
anyone would recreate the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale. After reading it, I realized the unique added twists to this
story compounded by the Spanish words tossed here and there gave it a thoroughly different flavor.
Meet Paco and his mother, who have no choice
but to sell their ‘vaca’ (cow) in order to get some ‘pesos’ to survive.
The beginning, although similar to the famous
tale, reads differently because of the strewn Spanish words. By the middle, the reader is in for a delightful twist. I didn’t
see it coming and that’s why I fell in love with Paco and the Giant Chile Plant.
I highly recommend this children’s book,
beautifully illustrated by Elizabeth O. Dulemba.