Just a Minute: Yuyi Morales

Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book

Author/Illustrator: Yuyi Morales
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Year: 2003
Brief Summary: Learn how to count in English and Spanish as Grandma Beetle stalls Senor Calavera, who arrives to take her way on the day of her birthday.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

  • counting in English and Spanish; have kids make a bilingual number mini-book
  • look into Mexican culture…how does this family celebrate a birthday?  How is this different from how we celebrate birthdays?  Do you have special birthday traditions in your house?

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • Social studies: Mexican culture
  • Math: counting

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

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