Poetry for Everyone! | Poesía para todos!
Jorge Tetl Argueta is a celebrated Salvadoran poet and writer whose bi-lingual children's books have received numerous awards. A native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian, Jorge spent much of his childhood in rural El Salvador. He feels that everybody is capable of writing, especially young children who are natural poets!
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For over fifteen years Mr.Argueta has presented heartwarming workshops, classroom visits, presentations, and assemblies that successfully teach creative writing from elementary school to college level. In addition Mr.Argueta is experienced working with special populations of kids in juvenile hall, homeless shelters, children's hospitals and art environments.
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In his fourth cooking poem for young children, Jorge Argueta encourages more creativity and fun in the kitchen as he describes how to make tamalitos from corn masa and cheese, wrapped in cornhusks. In simple, poetic language, Argueta shows young cooks how to mix and knead the dough before dropping a spoonful into a cornhusk, wrapping it up and then steaming the little package. He once again makes cooking a full sensory experience, beating on a pot like a drum, dancing the corn dance, delighting in the smell of corn . . . And at the end, he suggests inviting the whole family to come and enjoy the delicious tamalitos “made of corn with love.” Domi’s vivid paintings, featuring a sister and her little brother making tamalitos together, are a perfect accompaniment to the colorful text.
Experience the beauty of words with Jorge Argueta's Bilingual Poems!
A page out of Tamalitos
The kitchen is a field of corn in flower.
There are flowers and clouds of corn,
the wind is corn,
the fire is corn.
I am dancing the dance of corn.
The smell of corn makes me fly.
I am singing the song of corn.
I am a corn cook.
The smell of corn makes me happy.
These tamalitos will be happy corn tamalitos!
La cocina es una milpa en flor.
Hay flores y nubes de maíz,
el viento es maíz,
el fuego es maíz.
Estoy bailando la danza del maíz.
El olor del maíz me hace volar.
Estoy cantando el canto del maíz.
Soy un cocinero de maíz.
El olor del maíz me vuelve más feliz.
¡Estos tamalitos serán tamalitos de maíz feliz!