Build a Burrito

BUILD A BURRITO by Denise Vega

Bold graphic numerals and shaped pages to count in English and Spanish make this book a great way to reinforce multiple basic concepts. Signature art by Caldecott Medalist David Diaz is an indispensable ingredient, adding flavor to a burrito bursting with fun.

 

 

Bold graphic numerals and shaped pages to count in English and Spanish make this book a great way to reinforce multiple basic concepts. Signature art by Caldecott Medalist David Diaz is an indispensable ingredient, adding flavor to a burrito bursting with fun.
Click here to get a peek inside the book – each ingredient is a cutout!

 

How long did it take you to write Build a Burrito?

It’s hard to remember because I wrote the book so long ago (back in 2000). I know I went through a few versions before getting to the one I liked and felt worked. It probably took me a month or two to get to that point.

Where did you get the idea to write the book?

Back then there were publishers looking for multicultural books and I had been getting more and more interested in the Mexican side of my heritage. I wanted to do something that would help me dive into that. I think I was looking at different concept books and wondered how I could combine looking at my heritage with a counting book. And of course, I love burritos (even though I hate cheese!) and they can have lots of ingredients so it seemed like a good fit.

It’s such a short book. Did it get published really fast?

No! The book was accepted by the publisher in December 2001, but didn’t come out until October 2008. Seven years later! I think it was a combination of waiting for the fabulous illustrator, David Diaz, because he was so busy, and also the publisher trying to decide on a format that would work best for the book.

Are you fluent in Spanish?

No, but I sure wish I was! I originally submitted the manuscript for Build a Burrito in English-only as I am not bilingual. Once they accepted it, they contacted me to see how I would feel about doing it bilingual. I told them I wasn’t and worked with some bilingual friends for some of the words and the publishers Spanish editor also helped with the Spanish in the book.

Why is there cheese on the burrito if you don’t like cheese?

Well, most burritos have cheese so I thought I’d better include it. But notice it’s the very last (and smallest!) ingredient in the book!

Sadly, for Burrito lovers everywhere, this book is no longer in print :-(. However, I have a few copies and will be offering them for sale in my online store soon. In the meantime, you can contact the moderator to see if we have any copies available for purchase.

Learn to count from one (uno) to ten (diez) — while building a burrito! Bright colors and bold patterns make this book a fun way to learn how to count in two (dos) languages. The layered pages have cut-out illustrations of the burrito’s ingredients, an attractive feature for little hands.

- Monica Young, Winston-Salem Journal

This round book book leads kids ages 3-5 through the steps to assemble a burrito using numbered ingredients…WIth colorful illustrations by Caldecott Award winner and Carlsbad artist David Diaz, this book is sure to delight readers and stimulate an appetite for learning Spanish.

- Eileen Cornish, San Diego Family Magazine

Interview at Wanna Jugar with Migo.

All activities are designed to help students use the book to learn a variety of concepts such as language and science.

Activities Guide & Reproducibles

(Note: This is a large file (2.5 mb) so if you have a slower connection, you may want to download the sections separately using the links below:

Unit Plan Separate Sections

Activity Instructions for educators

Activity Instructions

Counting/Sorting Reproducibles for the counting & sorting activities

Counting/Sorting Reproducibles

Student Cut-Outs Reproducibles for student use

Student Cut-Outs Reproducibles

Demo Cut-Outs Reproducibles for educators

Demo Cut-Outs Reproducibles 

All downloads require Adobe® Reader®

 

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