Benito’s Bizcochitos/Los bizcochitos de Benito
by Ana Baca
Illustrations by Anthony Accardo
Spanish translation by Julia Mercedes Castilla
Published: 31 Oct 1999
Age Group: 3-7
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- About the Book
- About the Author
- About the Illustrator
- About the Translator
- Educational Resources
Many children—and quite a few grown-ups, too—know the delicious taste of bizcochitos. (Indeed, the bizcochito has the unusual distinction of being the official “state cookie” of New Mexico!) But how many people know the secret of how the bizcochito first came to be? Ana Baca does, and she shares it with us in a charming fable, Benito’s Bizcochitos / Los bizcochitos de Benito.
Interspersed with sunny, sprightly illustrations by Anthony Accardo, this bilingual fairy tale for children ages 4 to 8 relates the story of Benito, who runs away from home only to learn that the rest of the world isn’t nearly as friendly as the family farm. Through his encounter with a mysterious old shepherd possessed of magical powers, Benito discovers that even when he’s lonely and afraid, by being courageous and unselfish, he can banish those skittish butterflies from his cold, empty stomach . . . and fill it with bizcochitos instead! The book concludes with a bizcochito recipe that adventurous young readers may enjoy trying out with the help of a friendly adult—or, perhaps, vice versa.
“A delightful story.”—Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
ANA BACA, a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the author of three lively bilingual children’s books; Benito’s Sopaipillas / Las sopaipillas de Benito (Piñata Books, 2007), Chiles for Benito/Chiles para Benito (Piñata Books, 2003) and Benito’s Bizcochitos/Los bizcochitos de Benito (Piñata Books, 1999). She graduated from Stanford University (B.A.) and the University of New Mexico (M.A.) with degrees in English Literature and currently resides in New Mexico.
Learn more at anabaca.wordpress.com.
ANTHONY ACCARDO has illustrated more than fifty children’s books, including Chiles for Benito / Chiles para Benito (Piñata Books, 2003) and The Last Doll / La última muñeca (Piñata Books, 2001). His paintings have been exhibited in both the United States and Europe. A New York native, he lives in Brooklyn.
Learn more at anthonyaccardo.com.
JULIA MERCEDES CASTILLA writes for children and adults. Her novel, Aventuras de un Niño de la Calle, published by Editorial Norma in Spanish, has sold over 125.000 copies and has become required reading in some schools in Latin America. The book was published as Emilio in Spanish. At the present time she is at work, finishing an adult book and writing a book for middle grade children.
Learn more at juliamercedescastilla.com.
Accelerated Reader Quiz #23997 | ATOS English: 3.5 | ATOS Spanish: 3.5 | ATOS Interest Level: Lower Grade