Mrs. Lambchop decides to surprise Stanley, Arthur, and their friend Carlos by making huevos rancheros for breakfast. Everyone loved the eggs ... especially the secret spices created by Carlos' great grandmother in Mexico. Mrs. L insisted on getting the recipe and dispatched Stanley in an envelope to go get it! Can it be that easy?
Readers who like (or need) lots of action will enjoy this fast-paced, lightly illustrated story of a beloved character.
The story falls a bit flat. I'd like to read another one in the series for comparison.
For the first few chapters, we heard "more, more," but that died after a day or two and we couldn't revive an interest in the story. She said that by the time the bad guys showed up she pretty much knew what would happen.
This is not the Flat Stanley I remember from school, and I like that he is traveling the world introducing kids to different cultures and language (there is a lot of Spanish mixed in). Still, the story is pretty cliche and predictable. The story moves fast enough, but it isn't one that will be a hit with every reader.
This is a transitional chapter book for elementary readers.
The story introduces Mexican culture on multiple levels. Some are explored more in the story itself; others can be launching pads for trying other things: buying cilantro at the store, making Mexican food, studying Mexican history. The story also has a lot of Spanish words mixed in, and creating a journal with them could be fun.
9 to 12
7 to 10
Read with an 8-year-old girl.
Borrow. The series has potential, but these are read-and-move-on kind of books.
|Title||The Amazing Mexican Secret|
Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures, Book 5
|Author||Jeff Brown, Josh Greenhut|
|Publisher||HarperCollins © 2010|
|Genres||Spanish, Adventure, Easy Reader Series, Foreign Language | Bilingual, Latin America | Hispanic People|