Adelita and the Veggie Cousins / Adelita y las primas verduritas (¡Salud, familia!)

Diane Gonzales Bertrand
Illustrations by Christina Rodriguez
Spanish translation by Gabriela Baeza Ventura

ISBN: 978-1-55885-713-1
Format: Paperback
Pages: 32
Ages: 4-8

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About the Book

It was Adelita’s first day at a new school, and she didn’t know anyone! As Miss Cantú started a lesson on vegetables, cries of “I hate vegetables” filled the classroom. She watched the kids as they gathered around the teacher’s desk to select a vegetable of their own from the basket. Two boys tossed a brown vegetable like a football!

But it’s the friendly girl in the red T-shirt who introduces herself as Jasmine that interests Adelita most. She offers Adelita her choice of the green or yellow vegetable, observing “these two veggies must be cousins” because they look alike. When Jasmine wonders what they’re called, Adelita says her grandmother calls them calabacitas. Ms. Cantú overhears the girls and confirms that the squash are related. And to Adelita’s surprise, her teacher also calls squash calabacitas!

Children—and some parents too—will look at vegetables in a whole new way after reading this charming story about making new friends. Award-winning author Diane Gonzales Bertrand once again pairs with illustrator Christina Rodriguez to create a book that will resonate with children ages 4 – 8 as they build skills and confidence in school and social situations.

Named to the 2012-2013 Tejas Star Book Award List

“On the first day of her new school, Adelita learns that vegetables can have similarites and differences, as can new friends…The dual message of nutrition and diversity will probably find it’s place in today’s curriculum and can certainly augment units on food, language, and culture. A charming tale that almost any child (and parent) can relate to.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“The bold, colorful illustraions capture the action well.”
—School Library Journal

DIANE GONZALES BERTRAND is the author of numerous books for children and young adults. Her books for young children include Sofía and the Purple Dress / Sofía y el vestido morado (Piñata Books, 2012), Adelita and the Veggie Cousins / Adelita y las primas verduritas (Piñata Books, 2011), The Party for Papá Luis / La fiesta para Papá Luis (2010); We are Cousins / Somos primos (2007); Ricardo’s Race / La carrera de Ricardo (2007); The Ruiz Street Kids / Los muchachos de la calle Ruiz (2006); The Empanadas That Abuela Made / Las empanadas que hacía la abuela (2002); Uncle Chente’s Picnic / El picnic de Tío Chente (2001); The Last Doll / La última muñeca (2001); Family, Familia (1999); and Sip, Slurp, Soup, Soup / Caldo, caldo, caldo (1997). Bertrand’s books for young adults include The F Factor (Piñata Books, 2010); Upside Down and Backwards / De cabeza y al revés (2004); Close to the Heart (2002); Trino’s Time (2001); Trino’s Choice (1999); Lessons of the Game (1998); Alicia’s Treasure (1996) and Sweet Fifteen (1995). A lifelong resident of San Antonio, Bertrand teaches at St. Mary’s University, where she is also Writer in Residence.

CHRISTINA RODRIGUEZ is the illustrator of several picture books for children, including: Adelita and the Veggie Cousins / Adelita y las primas verduritas (Piñata Books, 2011), We are Cousins / Somos primos (Piñata Books, 2007), Storm Codes (Windward Publishing, 2007), Mayte and the Bogeyman / Mayte y el Cuco (Piñata Books, 2006), Un día con mis tías / A Day with My Aunts (Piñata Books, 2006), and Baseball on Mars / Beisbol en marte. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2003 with a BFA in illustration. For more information, visit

Accelerated Reader Quiz#: 150743
ATOS English: 2.7
ATOS Spanish: 3.4
ATOS Interest Level: LG