Published by Chronicle Books on September 1st 2003
Genres: Children's Picture Book
In this original trickster tale, Senor Calavera arrives unexpectedly at Grandma Beetle's door. He requests that she leave with him right away. "Just a minute," Grandma Beetle tells him. She still has one house to sweep, two pots of tea to boil, three pounds of corn to make into tortillas -- and that's just the start!
Using both Spanish and English words to tally the party preparations, Grandma Beetle cleverly delays her trip and spends her birthday with a table full of grandchildren and her surprise guest. This spirited tribute to the rich traditions of Mexican culture is the perfect introduction to counting in both English and Spanish. The vivacious illustrations and universal depiction of a family celebration are sure to be adored by young readers everywhere.
Just A Minute was the book I was looking forward to the most to read to the littles. I’m always searching for ideas to teach them English and Spanish and was pointed to these books via Naz over at Read Diverse Books.
Just A Minute had beautiful illustrations that not only caught your eye but my kids recognized a lot of the items that we use in our every day life. I felt like they were able to connect to the story more because of that.
Just A Minute was an adorable story of Grandma Beetle who avoids taking a trip with Senor Calavera by telling him she needs just another minute and the story flows from there. I really loved how English and Spanish were incorporated throughout the story and how it also involved counting. I’ve been teaching all three littles to count and found this book to be very useful to teaching numbers in English and Spanish. It also helped that the story was adorable.
Would I recommend this? Absolutely. You should read it even if you don’t have littles.