Too Many Tamales

By Gary Soto, Illustrated by Ed Martinez (G.P.Putnam’s Sons – 1993)                      Maria tries on her mother’s wedding ring while helping make tamales for a Christmas family get-together. Hours later, her panic ensues when she realizes the ring is missing. This is the story of a treasure thought to be lost in a batch of tamales; of a desperate and funny attempt by Maria and her cousins to eat their way out of trouble; and of the warm way a family pulls together to make it a perfect Christmas after all.