“Federico and the Wolf” by Rebecca J Gomez and Elisa Chavarri Read Aloud

“Federico and the Wolf” is a modern twist on the story of “Little Red Riding Hood.” Will the wolf eat Federico? Or will Federico vanquish the wolf? Published by Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Talking Tips:
Fairytales are fun to read with your kids because children are often familiar with the story already. Has your child heard the story of Little Red Riding Hood before? What similarities are there between these two stories? What are some differences?

Talk about the farmers market with your child. What kind of foods does it have? How many languages did you hear spoken the last time you were there?

The big bad wolf is a metaphor representing dangerous situations that your child might encounter. Have you talked to them about what they should do when confronted with something scary? Role playing, brainstorming, and discussing your fears will help your child feel more secure. Plus, using books lends an element of fun to the discussion. “Can you imagine actually feeding a bad guy a spicy chile?!? That would be funny. But since we probably won’t have a chile on us, what could we do if we were in a scary situation?”

Vocabulary to practice:
Mercado, Spanish for market
Plot, meaning story or plan
Cuidado, Spanish for careful

Activity to try at home!
Follow a simple recipe to make some pico de gallo. Here’s an easy one:
“The Perfect Pico” from “Federico and the Wolf” by Rebecca J. Gomez.

• ½ small onion, chopped
• 4 roma tomatoes, diced
• 1 clove of garlic, minced
• 1 pinch of salt
• 1 teaspoon of lime or lemon juice
• 2 tablespoons of fresh cilantro, chopped
• 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded, finely chopped (OPTIONAL)

Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Chill and serve.

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