What The Farm Maiden Stirred (Giveaway)

The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred

Listen as Maria Reads The Cazuela That The Farm Maiden Stirred

My 7-year-old found, sitting on the kitchen table, the new book,The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred. It had just arrived in the mail.

A little haltingly, she read “The Cas-uh-eh-lah…”

“Cazuela, pot,’’ I said. “It’s a new book. Can you read it to me?’’

And she did, with the English words and the Spanish words bouncing off her tongue. Me stopping her a few times to correct her pronunciation of the Spanish. Simple words like tambor and campesino, but words we don’t get to use much. (Maybe because I prefer the words maraca and guajiro, but anyway.)

At the end of the book, she spent time sounding out the glossary of Spanish words.

My bilingual heart filled with pride and joy at her ability to read the Spanish words, and I rejoiced that she would still enjoy a book much simpler than the 500-page fantasy books she’s been reading. (I am not kidding.)

“You know the book we love Before You Were Here, Mi Amor? Well, the same woman wrote this book,’’ I told her.

“I can tell,’’ she said. “I think it is the pictures.’’

Samantha VamosI told Maria there is a different illustrator on The Cazuela, but I believe what she also recognized is the lyrical and simple beauty of Samantha R. Vamos’ books. They sing. Really. They do.

I had the pleasure of recording a free download Mp3 of Before You Were Here and it still is available over at Cody’s Cuentos blog, by the way.

Now, the Cazuela is Vamos’ second book and a take on the classic The House that Jack Built. But instead of a casa, this time they’re making arroz con leche. And everyone is helping: the vaca, the cabra, the pato, and they’re using crema and mantequilla and leche that they got at the mercado.

It all builds to a festive gathering, illustrated by the talented Rafael Lopez in a desert palette punctuated with gloriously vivid colors. Lopez designed the brand new U.S. postal stamps featuring Latin music legends on sale now.

The book is delightful, made even more so by the inclusion of a recipe for traditional arroz con leche (rice pudding), which now my girl wants to make.

Vamos, who is not of Latin background, somehow manages to capture the energy and joy of our culture. As the owner of her two books, I feel they’re necessary additions in homes like mine, especially — where we are trying to instill pride and teach customs that are not of the majority, where we are hungry to showcase the color and customs of our culture.

And, seriously, no matter what your family background, The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred is simply delicious. Watch the book trailer video for a taste.

For more about the book visit the publisher’s site, or Vamos’ site.


To enter to win a signed copy of The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred, leave a comment here about your favorite Spanish childhood story, or tell us why you want this book.

You also can learn more about the book, its author and illustrator at the four other sites listed below during this week’s Virtual Book Tour for The Cazuela. If you leave a comment on the other sites, you up your winning chances. Ex: five blogs, five comments, five chances.

Monday, February 28th – The Latin Baby Book Club
Wednesday, March 2nd – La Bloga
Thursday, March 3rd – Mama Latina Tips
Friday, March 4th – Spanglish Baby

Contest ends Sunday, March 6. The winners will be chosen at random and notified via email.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book.

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By Carrie on March 1, 2011 · Posted in giveaways, headline

19 Comments | Post Comment

Samantha Vamos says:

Maria’s recording is so charming. I love it. Hearing her voice just made me smile. Thank you for this beautiful review. I’m so complimented that “Before You Were Here, Mi Amor” is a favorite, and I’m thrilled that “The Cazuela That The Farm Maiden Stirred” has joined your collection. I hope you and Maria enjoy making the recipe. Thank you, Carrie. This blog tour has been so delightful. – All best, Samantha

Posted on March 1st, 2011

Rosamaria says:

Sencillamente, me encanta este libro!

Posted on March 1st, 2011

Mari says:

The Audio sounnds great… would like to get it for my granddaughter…

Posted on March 1st, 2011

Micaela Torregrosa-Mahoney says:

Well, I’d like to win this book because I need all the help I can get maintaining & building my 6yo’s Spanish vocabulary. I’m PuertoRican and his daddy is Irish-American, so we speak English 99% of the time. Is it terrible that I’ve never liked arroz con leche? LOL, I’ll have to make it for the boy, see what he thinks. I do love the children’s song/game “arroz con leche se quiere casar… con una mocita de la capital”. So many memories! Sorry I can’t tell you mi favorite Spanish story, I was a bookworm ever since I was 4yo and I don’t remember having a preference.

Posted on March 1st, 2011

Monica Young says:

My favorite childhood story was Rapunzel. I asked my mom to read and read it again.
I would love to win this book

Posted on March 1st, 2011

Tia Mirtha says:

I love my Maria… es toda una artista.. Carrie, dale un beso y un abrazo de parte de su Tia Mirtha. I am so proud of her.

Posted on March 1st, 2011

daisy alvarez says:

i think my granddaughter will love it.
i want it for her next visit to nana and abuelo.

Posted on March 3rd, 2011

Marcela says:

I would love to win to read it to my littles.

My favorite story when I was a child was a book we had about Blanca Nieves.
I used to know that book by heart.

My mom would read to me in spanish daily. If only I had her dedication to teach my kids spanish!!!!!
Marcela´s last [fabulousness] ..The Mickey Ship and a giveaway

Posted on March 3rd, 2011

Victor says:

This book would be perfect for my girls who are trying to learn Spanish. It would be a great reinforcement to their other lessons.
Thank you for this great book!

Posted on March 3rd, 2011

Ashley says:

Love Maria’s recording. I remember how powerful it felt to learn to count in Spanish by watching Sesame Street. It was my first exposure to a foreign language, and I was in awe.

Posted on March 3rd, 2011

Tour virtual – La Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred- Virtual Book Tour says:

[...] de febrero – The Latin Baby Book Club (Reseña) 1 de marzo – Tiki Tiki (Trailer del libro) 2 de marzo – La Bloga – (La historia del ilustrador) Hoy – [...]

Posted on March 3rd, 2011

Patricia says:

Me encanta esta historia!!! La forma en que la historia se forma a partir de la imaginacion y la creatividad de su autora, de una manera sencilla pero sobretodo divertida, es simplemente hermosa.

Posted on March 3rd, 2011

tati says:

This looks like an adorable book! I love reading books with my children!
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Posted on March 4th, 2011

Abuelita says:

As I listen to Maria read my heart was bursting with pride.

Posted on March 4th, 2011

Karolena says:

I love bilingual books, and it’s always fun to see different variations of stories, such as how everyone works together to make something. I’d also like to see this book to check out the recipe in the back – sounds delicioso!

Posted on March 4th, 2011

Patricia E says:

Oh pick me. Yo quiero ganar! I would love to add this to our collection. I am always looking for ways to increase my little girls Spanish vocabulary. Plus she loves books. This book looks amazing.

Posted on March 4th, 2011

Dariela says:

I just love how she says cazsuela,haha, que linda! Love to have the beautiful biblingual book to add to our library!
Dariela´s last [fabulousness] ..Un Canto a la Amistad

Posted on March 4th, 2011

Molly Cox says:

Hola! This book is so beautiful… mis hijas would love it! We read in spanish every day… As a child I also was always reading so I don’t think I can recall one story in particular… but my daughter always wants me to read her “Los Pollitos Dicen” over and over again…

Posted on March 4th, 2011

Zuwi says:

This looks like a great book! My daughter would love it!

Posted on March 6th, 2011