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The runaway tortilla
Kimmel, Eric A.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Delray Beach, FL : Winslow Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 30 cm
In this Southwestern version of the Gingerbread Man, a tortilla runs away from the woman who is about to cook him.
Reading Level:
AD 420 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 54033.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.1 2 Quiz: 23022 Guided reading level: N.
Added Author:
Added Uniform Title:
Gingerbread boy. English.
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In Texas, Tia Lupe and Tio Jose make the best tortillas -- so light that the cowboys say they just might jump right off the griddle. One day, a tortilla does just that. The tortilla runs through the desert pursued by two horned toads, three donkeys, four jackrabbits, five rattlesnakes, and six buckaroos. She is finally outwitted by Senor Coyote in this Lone Star twist on the classic Gingerbread Man tale.

Author Notes

Eric Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1946. He received a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Lafayette College. He also has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois.

He was an elementary school teacher and college professor before becoming a full-time writer. He has published over fifty titles, many of which have won state and national awards. His titles "Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins" won the Caldecott Honor Medal, "The Chanukkah Guest" and "Gershon's Monster" won the Sydney Taylor Picture Book Award and "Anansi and the Talking Melon" won the Utah Children's Choice Award.

Kimmel travels nationally and internationally visiting schools and talking about his books and telling stories.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-A story about a woman and a man and a piece of bread that comes to life and runs away. T'a Lupe and T'o Jos‚ own a taquer'a in Texas down on the Rio Grande. The secret to their success is their tortillas-so light that if they were any lighter, "Some day they-[might] up and run away!" To their surprise, this is just what happens. The foolish tortilla is so cocky she could almost strut, but since she's round, she can only roll. She rolls away from the couple, two horned toads, three donkeys, four jackrabbits, five rattlesnakes, and six buckaroos, singing all the while, "Run as fast as fast can be. You won't get a bite of me." She is finally tricked and eaten by Se-or Coyote, who takes advantage of her fatuous egotism. The primitive oil paintings feature a palette of sunset colors, a rotund T'a and T'o, and a lipsticked, scowling tortilla. The apt endpapers sport sacks of flour, rolling pins, salt shakers, oil, and skillets. Kimmel's saucy story joins a swarm of similar, albeit popular, retellings of traditional tales with a Southwestern setting.-Ruth Semrau, Upshur County Public Library, Gilmer, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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