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It's Only Ink! Paco and the Giant Chile Plant

It's Only Ink!
Paco and the Giant Chile Plant

With a new and exciting twist to Jack and the Beanstalk story, Keith Polette has put together a fascinating story for children of all ages. Mostly written in English, bilingual embedded text appears throughout the storyline. The southerwestern desert setting for Polette's story and as in jack and the Beanstalk, Paco and his mother have little money so are forced to sell their one and only cow. Paco takes the cow into the city and exchanges him for a bag of chile seeds from an old man with bright eyes. Paco rushes home, plants the seeds, and waits. Soon a giant stalk grows high into the sky. Paco climbs it, anxious to see what awaits him. At the top, he sees a huge house with enormous furniture and one giant of a man. Threatening to eat Paco, Paco gives the giant his bag of chiles. The juice spits into the giant's eyes and something amazing happens.
"Paco and the Giant Chile Plant" was fun to read to my 10 and 11 year old children. They enjoyed learning new words in Spanish and I was amazed that they already knew some of them.
With the growing number of Spanish speaking households in the United States,
Raven Tree Press recognizes the need for high quality reading materials in a variety of bilingual and wordless formats. By presenting English and Spanish in the same book we believe speakers of both languages learn faster. It also allows multicultural awareness, language development and a learning process important to our global community.
This book comes highly recommended by this reviewer and her children.

Paco and the Giant Chile Plant by Keith Polette
Illustrated by Elizabeth O. Dulemba
Published by Raven Tree Press,
ISBN: 9780977090624, hardcover
ISBN: 9780979446238, paperback
Release: Fall 2008
Price: $16.95- HC, $7.95-PB
Pages: 32
Ages: 4-8
Reviewed by Jennifer LB Leese

Jennifer LB Leese is a writer from Maryland who writes children's picture books, young adult novels, and paranormal fiction. Visit her online at:

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