2008 Amérias Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature Commended Title
2008-2009 Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) Master List
2008 ALA Notable Children's Books
2008 Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Books
2008 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year
2007 Lasting Connections, Book Links
2008-2009 Great Lakes Great Books Award Master List
2014 AudioFile Earphones Award (audio edition)
Although the word pizza is probably of Italian origin and initially referred to a cake or pie, the pizza as we know it needed tomatoes from the Americas. Spanish explorers took the strange red vegetables to Italy, and in southern Italy, flatbreads with tomatoes on top became popular, and we know why, right? YUM! In 1889, baker Raffaele Esposito made a special pizza in the colors of the Italian flag for Queen Margherita: red tomatoes, green basil, and white mozzarella. Pizza margherita is popular at pizzerias though most of us don't know its history. The Italian word for a pizza maker is pizzaiolo.
Yum! ¡Mmm! ¡Qué Rico! America's Sproutings
Lee & Low Books, illustrated by Rafael López
Audio edition published by Live Oak Media
Yum! ¡Mmm! ¡Qué Rico! Brotes de las Américas
Smear nutty butter,
then jelly. Gooey party,
my sandwich and me.
Peanuts, blueberries, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, and more-here is a luscious collection of haiku celebrating foods native to the Americas. Brimming with imagination and fun, these poems capture the tasty essence of foods that have delighted, united, and enriched our lives for centuries. Exuberant illustrations bring to life the delicious spirit of the haiku, making Yum! ¡Mmm! ¡Qué Rico! America's Sproutings an eye-popping, mouth-watering treat. Open it and dig in!
Watch a video webcast from the Library of Congress featuring Pat Mora and Rafael López receiving the 2007 Américas Award for Yum! ¡Mmm! ¡Qué Rico! America's Sproutings.
Lee & Low Books has produced a video of Pat Mora where she talks about her writing and in particular, Yum! ¡Mmm! ¡Qué Rico! America's Sproutings.
"This inventive stew of food haiku celebrates the indigenous foods of the Americas."—starred review, Booklist
"In this cross-curricular treat, imaginative, double-page, lushly rendered acrylic illustrations on wood panels are paired with playful haikus and a paragraph of information to introduce 14 foods indigenous to the Americas, including blueberries, pumpkins, and corn."—Curriculum Connections, Spring 2008
"Mora's descriptive poetry features wonderful word choices and gets it right to the essence of each food … What makes this collection especially memorable are López' bright, double-page paintings on wood panel, which vibrantly show children and families enjoying each food. Perfect for sharing as part of the curriculum or just for fun."— Book Links
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"This concept book serves as a delicious introduction to 14 types of food, all of which have their origins in the Americas. Snippets of information and a haiku poem accompany each one, ranging from blueberry and chili pepper through papaya, prickly pear, and vanilla. Using English and a smattering of Spanish words, Mora crafts a playful introduction to each one, as in “Pumpkin”: “Under round luna,/scattered tumblings down the rows,/autumn's orange face.” The sense of whimsy is further underscored in López's colorful acrylic on wood-panel illustrations. Artful compositions and brilliant complementary colors bear out the book's multicultural themes. The art conveys an infectious sense of fun, as smiling suns and moons beam down upon happy children and animals, along with a trumpet-wielding peanut-butter sandwich and a dancing pineapple. Teachers will find this a welcome addition to their social-studies units, but it should also win a broad general audience for its inventive, fun-filled approach to an ever-popular topic: food."— School Library Journal
"If you love food, this book will appeal to you … These delightful pictures and delicious text meld together for an enticing word banquet. Mora has captured just the right combination of fun, flavor, and information. This is sure to be a hit with almost every reader. The curriculum connections are many, food, haiku, and geography. Teachers and media specialists will love having this book in their collections."— Library Media Connections
"Veteran poet Mora celebrates fourteen foods, alphabetically progressing from blueberries to vanilla, native to this hemisphere. Each foodstuff receives a haiku of tribute counterpointed by a sidebar of informative text; aside from prickly pear, they're all likely to be at least conceptually familiar noshes to most kids, but their histories and industrial uses may hold a few surprises. The haiku seems a strange form for an American-centered collection, but Mora works the vivid imagery in lyrics that are pretty lip-smacking in their own sonorous right (the tomato 'squirts seedy, juicy splatter'), making them tasty candidates for reading aloud. The intensity of López's acrylic illustration … the tactile element of the wood surface of the art and the crisp edges of the illustrative elements help balance the boldness of the hues and result in a pleasing culinary vision. While curriculum connections are plentiful, some kids will just enjoy nibbling their way through the collection, snack in hand to quell the inevitable pangs of appetite."— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"A combination of both haiku and informational text, this lavishly illustrate picture book celebrates foods native to countries all throughout the Americas. Children of all ages will devour Mora's snappy verses … López' vibrant illustrations provide a visual feast packed with enough magical realism and succulent foods that readers will beg for second helpings."— REFORMA Newsletter
"From acclaimed Latina poet and author Pat Mora comes a delightful collection of haiku focused on some of the most familiar (and a few unfamiliar) foods that are native to the Americas … With joyous illustrations that practically jump off the page, artist Rafael López captures the essence of each haiku and brings these delicious poems to life."— Le Bloga
"Chiles, papayas and prickly pears praised in Haiku form. … Pat Mora, creator of Dia de los Niños/Dia de los Libros, pays tribute to the diversity she embraces and celebrates through her work. Rafael López's … scrumptious mural-like paintings hold meanings beyond the words themselves. A mouth-watering treat of a book that will satisfy and inform."— Paper Tigers
"Yum! ¡Mmm! ¡Qué Rico! was one of my favorite children’s poetry books of 2007. I think it’s a terrific combination of haiku about edible plants native to the Americas, factual information about these foods, and vibrant artwork." Read more, and find curriculum connections — Elaine Magliaro Wild Rose Reader
"This collection of haiku introduces 14 foods from the Americas. López's colorful double-page spreads, rendered in acrylic on wood panels, add to the imaginative presentation of such gastronomic favorites as chocolate, corn, prickly pear, pumpkin, and more. Each haiku is also accompanied by an informative paragraph about the food, including its history and probable origin."— Book Links, January 2009 article about recent recommended books about Latinos
"In this scrumptious collection of haiku poems, Pat Mora celebrates 14 foods that are native to the Americas. Some of the foods that are highlighted include vanilla, blueberries, pecans, papayas, chile peppers, and chocolate. One of my favorite poems is about chocolate and it reads, 'Fudge, cake, pie, cookies./ Brown magic melts on your tongue./ Happy, your eyes dance.' Accompanying each poem is a paragraph that provides information about the origin of the food along with other interesting facts. The illustrations depict the delight of people as they enjoy the foods that are mentioned."— Reading Matters, Winter 2008 article by Jonda McNair
In these interviews with WETV's ¡Colorín Colorado!, Pat shares the an excerpt from Yum! ¡Mmm! ¡Qué Rico! and tells the story behind the book:
The audio edition of Yum! has won a 2014 AudioFile Earphones Award! Here's what they had to say:
"How elegantly Mora's exploration of edibles from the Americas plays into the audiobook format! Gabriella Cavallero's narration is elegant as well. For each delicacy--whether it's blueberry, potato, or papaya, to name just a few--there is a selection of factual tidbits (easily glossed over in book format) followed by a haiku. In the audio format, one's interest is piqued by the information--700 million pounds of peanut butter consumed in the United States yearly, for example. Thus one is primed for the poetic images to follow--"a gooey party, my sandwich and me." Cavallero's interest is evident as she shares the facts, and she uses the breadth of her vocal register to present the related haikus. Her elongated phrases, staccato words, and prolonged pauses are a pleasure."—AudioFile Magazine