Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book

Bibliographic Information: Morales, Yuyi. Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book. San Francisco: Chronicle LLC, 2003. Print.

Brief Annotation: This is a super funny story about a skeleton, Senor Galavera, who shows up at Grandma Beetle’s door. He requests that she leaves with him, but she outwits him by explaining all that she has to do in preparation for her birthday celebration. This book uses both Spanish and English words to tally the preparations, as it is a counting book. It also includes various aspects of the Mexican culture. The vivacious illustrations add to the overall authenticity of the story.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-4

Readers who will like this: Readers who are culturally diverse will enjoy this in addition to visual and creative learners. English Learners would enjoy this as well. This would be a really fun book to use for a math read-aloud in the younger grades.

Rating/Response: 5 – I loved reading this story! Fun, interesting, culturally appropriate, etc. 

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Based on the cover, who do you think will be the trickster in the story and why?

Reading Strategy: Mathematics

Rationale for strategy: This is a counting book, as Grandma Beetle and the skeleton count the activities throughout the entire story.

Posted by: Emma Henke


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