September 15th - October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month.  Are you looking for a way to celebrate? Why not celebrate by reading a book?
I do not speak Spanish, but I have long been in love with the culture and traditions of Mexico. That is why I am sharing one of my favorite picture books, Grandma's Chocolate = El chocolate de Abuelita by Mara Price.
Abuela’s visits from Mexico are always full of excitement for young Sabrina. She can’t wait to see what’s in her grandmother’s yellow suitcase covered in stickers from all the places she has visited. Opening it is like opening a treasure chest, and this year is no different. Inside are a host of riches from Mexico.
Children are sure to agree as they curl up with a steaming cup of hot chocolate and this charming bilingual picture book that depicts a loving relationship between grandmother and granddaughter. It is through their love that the two share the history and customs of Mexico.
Music and Movement, Chocolate
Bate, bate, chocolate, Stir, stir, chocolate,
tu nariz de cacahuate. your nose is a peanut.
Uno, dos, tres, CHO! One, two, three, CHO!
Uno, dos, tres, CO! One, two, three, CO!
Uno, dos, tres, LA! One, two, three, LA!
Uno, dos, tres, TE! One, two, three, TE!
Chocolate, chocolate! Chocolate, chocolate!
"Children in Mexico often drink chocolate with breakfast. They stir it with a special utensil called a molinillo which is held between the palms and rotated back and forth. During the chorus of this rhyme, children rub their palms together and pretend to "stir" the chocolate with a molinillo. Children repeat the verse, faster and faster each time. "
Texas State Library