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Fiesta Fiasco by Ann Whitford Paul {Guest Post by Frances from Discovering the World Through Her Son’s Eyes}

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Can you believe it’s AUGUST already?! Summer is almost over and our Discover Your World Summer Reading Extravaganza is winding down. To say I have been blessed by amazing guest bloggers during this even would be an understatment and today’s post is no different. I’d like to give a huge “Thank You” to Frances from one of my favorite multicultural blogs for being a part of the fun. Welcome, Frances!


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Fiesta Fiasco by Ann Whitford Paul {Guest Post by Frances from Discovering the World Through Her Son’s Eyes}

Title: Fiesta Fiasco

Author: Ann Whitford Paul

Illustrator: Ethan Long

Age Range: 4 and up

Grade Level: Preschool and up

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Holiday House 2007

Language: English some Spanish words


About the author

Author Ann Whitford Paul loved reading for as long as she can remember. Her inspiration for writing children’s book came upon years of reading bedtime stories to her three children. She studied sociology at Northwestern University and the University of Wisconsin, and social work at Columbia University.   She’s published 19 different award-winning books.


About the book

Fiesta Fiasco is set in the desert where everyone is getting ready for a party!   It’s Snake’s birthday, and his friends, Iguana, Tortoise, and Rabbit are shopping for presents to bring to his fiesta. Instead of getting gifts for Snake, Rabbit convinces them to buy a shirt, pants, and hat. At the fiesta Snake is disappointed because they’re gifts that he couldn’t use. They weren’t for him after all!   The sneaky Rabbit takes it away, and tries them on. Snake is so upset that he asks Snake to go away.



The children’s book Fiesta Fiasco was given to my son on his birthday as a gift. It could not have come at a better time for both of us! One because it was our child’s birthday, and he just had a fiesta; and two because it was a new book for me to review for the Discover Your World Summer Reading Extravaganza.


My child loves books with animal characters in it, and I love it because although it’s in English it has various Spanish words throughout the book. Therefore, helping my bilingual child expand his Spanish vocabulary words. The glossary at the beginning is a major plus for Spanish vocabulary word building, and pronunciation.


The book’s illustration are colorful and whimsical appealing to our eyes. This is a tale about friendship, learning from our mistakes, and forgiveness. We both enjoyed Fiesta Fiasco!



With this book the possibilities for activities are endless. Life lessons and relationship skills, science, math, literature and Spanish can be learned from this book.


Little one and I talked about what he got for his birthday fiesta. I asked how would he feel if someone gave him a gift and took it away? We talked about feelings, and how Rabbit made things right by coming back with the gifts that Snake would love to have. Rabbit had made a mistake, and Snake forgave him.


We also talked about the different habitats of the animals. Comparing the desert with the rainforest, and discussed the different types of animals that live there.


We practiced simple math skills with play money. I asked him how many dollars would I need to buy a camisa (shirt)? If it was $6, how many $1 or $5 bills did he need to give me.


We reviewed the Spanish words using flash cards and making mini-books in Spanish.

Fiesta Fiasco


This book was truly entertaining, and fun! My son laughed most of the time, and I was all smiles!


For more extension activities you can visit the author’s website, and download free printables to use with this book.

Discovering the World Through My Son's Eyes

Frances is a part-time blogger, mommy and wife of a beautiful multicultural familia. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a certification in Human Resources. She blogs about heritage, culture, bilingualism, multicultural children’s books, and Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, hence the name of her blog.   You can connect with her onFacebook, Twitter,Google +, and Pinterest.