Kid Lit Review of “Guacamole: A Cooking Poem” by Jorge Argueta


This is a bilingual recipe/celebration of the joy of cooking, food, and family. Simple guidelines to making guacamole are given in both Spanish and English. Cooking is shown to be a playful and fun way to contribute to the household.

“Tengo ganas de bailar
y voy bailando con mi traste
de florecitas rojas y hojas verdes como corazones.


I feel like dancing,
so I dance with my dish,
with its little red floors and heart-shaped green leaves.”

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The verses are simple and repetitive, which aids in the bilingual transition. Because the recipe only requires four ingredients and not a lot of complex processing, it will be easy for kids to create their own guacamole. Margarita Sada’s bright, colorful illustrations add whimsy and imagination by including miniature children sliding down avocado halves and being washed in the sink along with the cilantro! Adults, meanwhile, will get a good idea of why guacamole is known as “sensuous.”


At the end of the story, the guacamole is all ready to share:

“Guacamole, que rico guacamole
verde tan verde
y tan puro como el amor.

Yummy guacamole,
so greeny green,
as pure as love.”


Evaluation: I love bilingual books; they help immensely with verb tense and usage, and give you a sense of the sound and poetry of other languages. The fun, imaginative pictures and actual recipe are a bonus! I would have liked the addition of a pronunciation guide.

Rating: 3.5/5

Published by Groundwood Books, 2012


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7 Responses to Kid Lit Review of “Guacamole: A Cooking Poem” by Jorge Argueta

  1. jama says:

    Love this series. Jorge has a new one coming out soon about Salsa!

  2. sandynawrot says:

    The illustrations and the premise is adorable! Despite the fact that I hate guac (its green you know)!

  3. BermudaOnion says:

    This looks adorable!

  4. Rachel says:

    Cute! I love bilingual books too – kids just soak up foreign languages. Neve counted to 12 in Spanish for our server at a Mexican restaurant. He was very impressed – thanks Dora the Explorer!

  5. Ruth2Day says:

    fantastic images, I could buy the book for those alone

  6. sagustocox says:

    I know some Spanish pronunciation, so this would be a good one to share with my daughter. she also loves cooking, so this would serve two purposes. Thank you for the review.

  7. Beth F says:

    What a super book! I too like the idea of a bilingual book and this one is so cute.

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