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

  • 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


Classroom Teaching Application

  • Grade Level: 2
  • Standard:

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

I will connect this story to the lives of my students, because they will all most likely need to learn how to count to 10 in Spanish. It is also good to be informed of different cultures.

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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Presentation By

Brittne Brannan

EDEL 411

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