This is the story of how the farm maiden, farmer, and five farm animals all work together to make a surprise recipe (rice pudding or arroz con leche) that they serve at a fiesta. With the familiarity of “The House That Jack Built,” this story bubbles and builds just like the ingredients of the arroz con leche that everyone enjoys. Cleverly incorporating Spanish words, adding a new one in place of the English word from the previous page, this book makes learning the language easy and fun. Rafael Lopez covers each page with vibrant, exuberant color, celebrating tradition and community. Back matter includes a glossary of Spanish words and a recipe for arroz con leche—perfect for everyone to make together and enjoy at story time.
Samantha is an award-winning author of six children’s picture books including three alphabet transportation books with illustrator Ryan O’Rourke titled “Alphabet Boats”, “Alphabet Trains”, and “Alphabet Trucks” as well as the bilingual picture book “The Cazuela That The Farm Maiden Stirred” (illustrated by Rafael López) – a spicy, bilingual tribute to the classic nursery rhyme “The House That Jack Built” – and its companion book, “The Piñata That The Farm Maiden Hung” (illustrated by Sebastià Serra). Samantha’s first book, “Before You Were Here, Mi Amor” (illustrated by Santiago Cohen) was selected by Parents Magazine as “Best for Babies.” A former practicing attorney, Samantha is also a mom, dog-lover, and an incurable chocoholic. Samantha, her husband, son, and rescue pup live in the Bay Area.
Rafael López won Pura Belpré medals for Drum Dream Girl and Book Fiesta, and has also received three Pura Belpré honors, two Américas Book Awards, and the 2017 Tomás Rivera Children’s Book Award and Society of Illustrators Original Art Silver Medal. His work has been featured in Communication Arts, American Illustration Annual, Graphic Design USA and Huffington Post. He’s a founder of San Diego’s Urban Art Trail movement, created seven US Postal Stamps, and created official posters for the ‘08 and ‘12 Obama-Biden campaigns.
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