Written by Carmen Tafolla
Illustrated by Magaly Morales
What Can You Do With a Paleta? takes readers on a joyous stroll through the barrio while thinking about all that you can do with a paleta – an icy, fresh-fruit treat. Carmen Tafolla’s inventive and poetic writing exemplifies the importance of community in a playful manner that every reader will love. The rich illustrations and colors used by Magaly Morales capture the beauty of the barrio and the relationship between a child and her barrio. From giving yourself a big, blue mustache to licking, slurping, and munching it, you will quickly learn there are many things you can do with a paleta.
Winner of the 2010 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, What Can You Do With a Paleta? was selected for its value and celebration of the barrio. From the perspective of a child, we see the spirit of Tomás Rivera in the book – pride and love of your barrio and where you come from. Not only will readers from 2 – 6 years-old enjoy the imaginative language and design of What Can You Do With a Paleta?, but the book can also be enjoyed by older children.
Carmen Tafolla is widely known as one of the most prolific authors of Mexican-American literature for audiences of all ages. Having authored more than 200 textbooks, readers, anthologies, and journals, Carmen Tafolla captures in her writing the essence of the Mexican-American experience. Recently, Carmen was awarded the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award for Young Adults with her collection of short stories entitled The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans.
Magaly Morales is the illustrator of What Can You Do With a Paleta?, winner of the 2010 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award for Young Children. Her talent for illustration is evident in how she was able to capture the theme of the book – love for your community. As you turn the pages of the book you can see the joyful experience of eating a paleta with the people in your own barrio. Magaly’s talent for illustrating can also be seen in A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas by Pat Mora and Chavela and the Magic Bubble by Monica Brown. Magaly is a native of Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico where she was an active and engaged child. From an early age she showed interest in painting and design. Magaly was a competitive swimmer for which she has gained national recognition. Currently, Magaly lives with husband Isael and their children Rodrigo and Quetzally in Mexico. There she is a freelance designer and Physical Education teacher. Magaly holds a Master of Arts degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy.