May Your Life Be Deliciosa

by Michael Genhart (Author) Loris Lora (Illustrator)

May Your Life Be Deliciosa
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

A delicious and fortifying picture book inspired by the author's family, featuring the Mexican tradition of holiday tamale-making

"What is the recipe?" I ask. Abuela laughs. "It is in my heart, Rosie. I use mis ojos, my eyes, to measure. Mis manos, my hands, to feel. Mi boca, my mouth, to taste. My abuela gave it to me, and I am giving it to you."

Each year on Christmas Eve, Rosie's abuela, mamá, tía, sister, and cousins all gather together in Abuela's kitchen to make tamales--cleaning corn husks, chopping onions and garlic, roasting chilis, kneading cornmeal dough, seasoning the filling, and folding it all--and tell stories. Rosie learns from her abuela not only how to make a delicious tamale, but how to make a delicious life, one filled with love, plenty of spice, and family.


Kirkus

Starred Review
The warmth of family love and support wafts enticingly through this homage to tradition.

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Michael Genhart
Michael Genhart, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. He has also written Rainbow: A First Book of Pride; Cake & I Scream!; Mac & Geeeez!; Peanut Butter & Jellyous; Ouch! Moments; I See You; So Many Smarts!; and Accordionly. He lives with his family in Marin County. Visit MichaelGenhart.com, @MJGenhart on Facebook, @MGenhart on Twitter, and @MichaelGenhart on Instagram.

Tony Neal is a graphic artist and illustrator. He loves to create charming characters in whimsical scenes and telling stories with his pictures. He lives in South Leicestershire, England. Visit tonyneal.co.uk and @TonyNealArt on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781951836221
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publication date
September 20, 2021
Series
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Pura Belpré Youth Award
Honor Book 2022
ALSC Notable Children's Book
Selection 2022

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