Paco And The Giant Chile Plant / Paco Y Planta De Chile Gigante


When Paco's mother runs out of money, she sends him to the market to sell la vaca (the cow). On the way, Paco meets a man who trades him a bag of magic chile seeds for the cow. Paco plants the semillas de chile and waits. When the plant erupts from the ground, Paco immediately grabs some chiles and climbs to the top ... only to be discovered by el gigante terrible. Paco tries to save himself by offering the giant the chiles, which bring tears to his eyes. What will happen to Paco?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Everyone will enjoy this new ending to a classic story. The illustrations, combined with well integrated Spanish, make this a must-read for elementary-aged children.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

When we started reading, our daughter began to protest about reading the Spanish words. As we got more into the story, she was more interested in listening and stopped asking. The story surprised her, as she wasn't expecting anything different than the classic Jack and the Beanstalk story.

Parent Reaction

What a wonderful story. The author did a fabulous job taking what most of us assume is just a Spanish-added version of a classic story and truly making it his own. He did a masterful job blending Spanish into the story, offering repetition in English and Spanish together. As good as the story is, I could turn the pages just to look at the illustrations, too. On one page, el gigante terrible is reaching out to the reader!

Type of Book:
This is a dual-text bilingual book that transforms the classic Jack and the Beanstalk story.
Educational Themes:

Like the original Jack and the Beanstalk, this is a story meant to be enjoyed. There are lessons you can draw from this story, and unlike the original, "stealing" is not one of them! Spanish words and idioms are woven into the story and some are included in a glossary in the back.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 10
Age of child:
Started reading with 6-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a wonderful book and a nice twist on a classic tale. The illustrations are exceptional and children (especially young boys) will see themselves in Paco: curious, drawn to magic, and a hero.

Title Paco and the Giant Chile Plant / Paco y planta de chile gigante
Author Keith Polette
Publisher Raven Tree Press © 2008
Illustrators Elizabeth O. Dulemba
ISBN 9780977090624
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Fable | Folklore, Foreign Language | Bilingual, Latin America | Latine People
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