Posted by: nancyisanders | March 14, 2016

NF PB Journey

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The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred
by Samantha R. Vamos
Art by Rafael Lopez
Published by Charlesbridge in 2011

This is one of the cleverest books! The way it weaves Spanish words into English text is simply brilliant.

Using the format of a cumulative text (Think “This is the house that Jack built”) it introduces key words in English and then refers to them in Spanish each time they are used after that.

The art is bold, lively, and engaging to make this book definitely one of my favorites to use as a mentor text for this type of format.

Just a note: This is NOT a nonfiction picture book. But I included it here because it has so much potential as a mentor text. Plus it is one of Charlesbridge’s finest, I think.

Here’s my rubric of it!


The Cazuela


  1. I have really been enjoying this journey, Nancy. Your rubrics are so helpful.

    • Thanks for letting me know, Trine. I’m so glad you’re getting a lot out of this!!!

  2. Nancy, Thanks for sharing everything with us. I appreciate all you do for the children writing community.

    • You’re welcome, Mona! It’s such a joy to be part of this community with you.

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