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Maria the Matador

Maria loves tea parties and dancing and wearing her hair in pigtails, but more than anything in the world... Maria loves churros. She'll do anything to get her hands on more of them, even enter a bullfight which promises a lifetime supply as a prize! To win, she must outsmart the other matadors who don't think she's big enough, fast enough, or strong enough. When the bull bests all the experience matadors, Maria proves you don't have to fight to win: instead, she invites the bull to dance... and then to join her at the table to enjoy her sweet winnings.

With determination and creativity, spunky Maria will dance her way to victory — and into readers' hearts. Complemented by distinct, expressive illustrations, this charming story shows that you don't have to fight to win, and you might even end up with more than you were hoping for.

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"The way [Maria] calms the bull and wins the prize (a parade of men carry steaming platters of churros to her in the ring) is an object lesson in both thinking outside the box and in relying on determination over brute strength. Lambelet’s characters are drawn as doll-like figures with angular faces etched with hatched, wood grain-like lines, and her spreads feature deep reds and browns. Repeated, rhythmic phrasing and emphasis augmented by creative typography give the story about a girl who feels free to change the rules some readaloud punch." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Anne Lambelet
Illustrator Anne Lambelet
ISBN 1624146562
Publication Date Feb 5, 2019
Publisher Page Street Kids
Language English