Just in Case
A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book
Written and Illustrated by Yuyi Morales
Awards and Honors
The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth
Classroom Teaching Application
Grade Level: 2nd Grade
- 4.RL.2 – Reading: Literature
Key Ideas and Details
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text;
summarize the text.
- 4.W.7 - Writing
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of
different aspects of a topic.
The students will be able to….
- Determine the theme of Just in Case.
- Create a language alphabet book.
-The large moral outcome I want students to gain from Just in Case is that the presence of friends and friendship is more important to someone than gifts. I think this is great for children to learn, especially in this day and age where video games and technology seem to be taking over.
-The Spanish aspect of this book can be a simple way to attract the attention of those students with Spanish backgrounds. Allowing their culture to be represented in the classroom is very important.
-A fun way to use this story in the class is to have the students write their own alphabet book using a different language. It would be important for them to also include a moral or theme for their book, rather than just translating words. Doing so would broaden their understanding of culture and language, while also presenting positive morals.
About the Author/ Illustrator
She began her professional career as an illustrator. In 2003 her illustrations for Harvesting Hope, the Story of Cesar Chavez (written by Kathleen Krull), skyrocketed to the top of best-books-of-the-year lists, and earned her an ALSC Pura Belpre Honor, as well as a Christopher and Jane Adams award. Morales later began writing and illustrating her own children books.
Just in Case
Morales, Y. (2008). Just in Case. New York: Roaring Book Press.
Kansas State University
EDEL 411 - Literacy