Stef Soto, Taco Queen Tía Perla is at the center of this middle grade novel: Stef's dad's taco truck, which is kind of like a member of the family. I love how true this feels, that the things we wish we could shed are often the very things we come to treasure about ourselves and our lives. Stef's story is realistic and memorable in terms of family, friends, school, and the desire to both fit in and find yourself, and how the latter is often the key to the first.
***** Playdough zoo- yes! -This was a hit during our zoo week and inspired sorting of animal types, matching colors, etc. The kids got creative finding other items to use with our play dough, like wooden blocks, clean stamps, etc.