Just A Minute
A Trickster Tale & Counting Book
About the Book
- Title: Just a Minute - A Trickster Tale and Counting Book
- Written by Yuyi Morales
- Illustrated by Yuyi Morales
- Genre: Folklore
- Topic or theme: Counting
- Awards: Pura Belpre Award
- The Pura Belpre 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.
- The illustrations were rendered in acrylic and mixed media on paper.
Morales, Y. (2003). Just A Minute, a Trickster Tale and Counting Book. Hong Kong: Chronicle Books LLC.
- Yuyi Morales grew up in Xalapa, Mexico
- She went to school, and graduated from the Universidad Veracruzana where she earned her bachelors in Physical Education and Psychology
- In 1994 she, her husband, and her son immigrated to the USA
- She started as just an artist, but moved to writing her own books and stories
- She has won multiple awards and the only author/illustrator to be three times recognized by the Pura Pelpre Committee
Images From the Book
This is the opening picture when Senor Calavera has come to take Grandma Beetle to the next life.
Another way Grandma Beetle tricks Senor Calavera
This is when Grandma Beetle has all her grandchildren over for her birthday, and has Senor Calavera included in the festivities.
Classroom Teaching Application
- Grade Level: 2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.2 Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson or moral.
- Literacy Teaching Objective:
The student will be able to identify who Senor Calavera is according to Mexican folklore
The student will be able to count to 10 in Spanish
This Book in the Classroom
Before I read the story I will tell the students that this is a counting book, and they will be learning how to count to 10 in Spanish.
When reading the book, I would read the Spanish word out loud first, and then have the students repeat after me.
We can practice during class time as well. For example instead of saying, "give me five" I can say, "Give me cinco." So the students will have to recall from the story that cinco is five.
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