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Young Lupe loves helping her mother with their salsa garden full of tomatoes, chile peppers, onions, garlic and cilantro. But one summer day, she sees that the biggest, juiciest tomatoes have disappeared! Who could have taken them?!?
Including easy-to-make recipes, this bilingual picture book for children ages 4-8 will have them clamoring for a garden of their own to plant and harvest. Along the way, young readers and the adults in their lives too will learn that coming together as a community will enable them to harvest more than just vegetables.

Poems to celebrate spring, written in both English and Spanish

Meet Isabel, Tina, Danny and their family and pets. “We’re rich, aren’t we, Dad?” asks Tina. Yes, the Rosas family is rich in love and laughter. Enjoy the rhythms of a family that knows that wealth isn’t measured in money.

Una receta con calabacín de verano. Los buñelos son fáciles de cocinar y deliciosos.

Real-life Santa Fe painter Maria Hesch (1909-1994) painted innocent narratives of her life as a young girl growing up along the river and next to her grandfather’s alfalfa field that linked the family to the nearby church. In Maria Paints the Hills, acclaimed writer Pat Mora imagines the story of the young Maria revealed in the paintings. She is a sensitive child, alive to the colors and shapes of her world, a child who makes of her solitary playtime the companionship of her budding artful imagination.

Rosa loves her grandmother’s mud soup but Josh is afraid to try it. Could it really be made of mud?  The book includes a recipe for “mud” soup.

These delicious popsicles are perfect for a summer day!

In this allegorical picture book, a young rabbit named Pancho eagerly awaits his papa’s return. Papa Rabbit traveled north two years ago to find work in the great carrot and lettuce fields to earn money for his family. When Papa does not return, Pancho sets out to find him. He packs Papa’s favorite meal—mole, rice and beans, a heap of warm tortillas, and a jug of aguamiel—and heads north. He meets a coyote, who offers to help Pancho in exchange for some of Papa’s food. They travel together until the food is gone and the coyote decides he is still […]

Usando las manzanas, la calabaza de invierno, los arándanos, y el jarabe de arce, esta receta es un sabor delicioso de otoño. Leer el libro no basado en ficción, “Cranberries: Fruit of the Bog” para aprender sobre la cosecha y el crecimiento de los arándanos.

Una variación de puré de papas que utiliza las papas locales y la espinaca local.