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.