by Lulu Delacre
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Synopsis: Salsa music blares from the stereo. One by one, friends and family, who come from all around Latin America, arrive at Carmen Teresa's house to cook, dance, gossip, and play dominoes. And the New Year's Day celebration begins...
When a neighbor gives Carmen Teresa a blank notebook as a holiday present, she doesn't know how she will fill it. The guests all have ideas of what she should do with her book. They decide she should fill it with stories about their childhoods. And everyone has a story to tell. But Carmen Teresa, who loves to cook, surprises everyone with how she will use her beautiful new present.
With energy, sensitivity, and warmth, Lulu Delacre introduces readers to a symphony of colorful characters whose stories dance through a year of Latin American holidays and customs. And readers will also be treated to recipes for the irresistible foods that appear in each story.
from the book jacket
Review: This book is tied together by the introduction and final chapter about Carmen Teresa and her family together at a party. The stories that are in between are about her grandparents and a few other people. Most of the stories are about their childhoods growing up in various countries. Perhaps short stories are not my cup of tea or I'm not the target audience but I did not find these stories particularly captivating. I wanted more out of most of the stories.
Rating: 3 stars