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Paperback Too Many Tamales Book

ISBN: 0590226509

ISBN13: 9780590226509

Too Many Tamales

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This modern classic celebrates the tradition of tamales and family bonding at Christmas. Christmas Eve started out so perfectly for Maria. Snow had fallen and the streets glittered. Maria's favorite... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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7 ratings

Too Many Tamales

I bought this book for my classroom to offer diversity and so some of my students can see themselves on my bookshelf.

Such a cute story!

We read this last night for the first time and my daughter loved it! It was suspenseful for her little self (in a good way) and she is already requesting for us to read it again.

Fine cause & effect lesson(s) children's book

Que Monton de Tamales (Too Many Tamales) Story is set expertly in Christmas / winter environment. Drawings of characters make them accessible to impressionable 6 to 9 year olds. Both setting and main character's initial behaviors provide plausible, comprehensible justification for the main character's subsequent behavior. Author is wonderfully descriptive. Your children will SEE the precious ring rising and dipping back into the tamale dough, mirroring the blinking holiday lights spectacle that opens the book. Subsequent events are all ones that your child can identify with as probable under the anxious circumstances that ensue when main character carries the mother-imitation too far. A grabber for children of all ages, colors, faiths. Nice job Mr. Soto! PS: when ordering the spanish version, check all product descriptions carefully to avoid getting the english version, and vice-ah versa

Class loved it!

My class of second and third graders really enjoyed this book. Many of them make tamales at home every year. They enjoyed reading about someone else that shares the same traditions. It opened up a lot of discussion about telling the truth. The only problem was all the talk about tamales made them hungry!


This is a beautiful picture book that just melts your heart. This is one of Gary Soto's classics. This is an asset for any classroom to have. The illustrations are so beautiful that you could almost reach out and hug Maria when she is looking at the ring on her finger. Her smile is adorable.The illustrations show the glittery feeling of the holiday season. This book could be used in teaching many lessons on honesty, traditions, Christmas, family and the humor within the storyline. Every child should have a chance to hear this story being read to them and have the opportunity to read the story on there own.

don't underestimate the power of this book

I got this book because of its truly exceptional illustrations. The colors are rich and evocative. But I was surprised to see the profound effect that this book had on my four-year-old daughter. She empathized so deeply with the shame and the desperation of the main character that for an entire week after reading this story she was coming to me to make confessions of all the times she was tempted to do things that were wrong. It was a combination of the story and the intense emotions that are depicted in the paintings that came together to shake her to the core. For that reason, think this is a great book for all children, not just Latinos and not just for Christmastime.

4 1/2* One Ring to Fool Them All

The warm interiors suffusing this beautifully illustrated Christmas time story convey the entire emotional tone of the book. Although we're waiting for an accident to happen-we can just tell that young Maria is somehow going to lose her mother's ring while helping her make tamales-we also are pretty certain thins are going to work out alright. While this may take away a bit of suspense, this is a comforting book that promises a happy conclusion (delivered her by a surprise). The text is simple and flows well; Soto is an experienced writer. He incorporates traditional activities like food, the visiting of extended family, and gift exchanges. I was a bit puzzled that no religious elements were included, not even as an incidental (e.g., the family is returning form church, a religious decorative element). However, I was not familiar with illustrator Ed Martinez, and it is his warm, emotional pictures that make this a "holiday book." He has a varied painting style, one drawing of Maria in light with a high contrast background recalls Renaissance paintings; other pictures use a Rockwellian focus on emotional faces and tableau-like scenarios. Production values are good, although Putnam might have published a larger book with thick, glossy paper, and a heavier cover.

Too Many Tamales Mentions in Our Blog

Too Many Tamales in Beloved Christmas Traditions
Beloved Christmas Traditions
Published by William Shelton • December 08, 2022

Be it revelry in the commercial consumerism so railed against by Charlie Brown, or a feast of seven fishes, or further still the quiet solemnity, incense, and psaltery organ of a midnight mass service, many different traditions are upheld as we approach Christmas.

Too Many Tamales in 12 Holiday Reads We Love
12 Holiday Reads We Love
Published by Beth Clark • December 03, 2018
Some sentimental holiday reads are synonymous with Christmas and considered sacred, while others make us laugh year after year, but are a little too irreverent to be mainstream classics. Below are 12 titles that are a combination of both, so whichever you choose, happy holidays!
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