The Tortilla Factory by Gary Paulsen

Product Details

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager Books (April 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152016988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152016982

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This simple prose poem describes, in broad strokes, how corn is harvested and made into tortillas while rough, warm-toned paintings set the scenes. All ages.
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From Booklist

Ages 6-9. Using simple yet evocative language, Paulsen tells young readers how a corn seed eventually becomes a tortilla. "The black earth sleeps in winter . . .," but in the spring, it is worked by brown hands that plant the yellow seeds. Seeds become plants, and then the corn is ground into flour and sent to the tortilla factory. The flour disks come off the machine, are packaged, and eventually arrive in kitchens--" to be wrapped around juicy beans and eaten by white teeth, to fill a round stomach and give strength to the brown hands that work the black earth." This circular telling works nicely with the strong, attractive paintings that get texture from their linen surface. The simplicity of the text does raise a few questions, however. For instance, is the dough really kneaded by hand after it has been mixed by machinery? Although this may have select appeal, it's an interesting and attractive offering. Ilene Cooper --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers. He has written more than one hundred book for adults and young readers, and is the author of three Newberry Honor titles: Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He divides his time among Alaska, New Mexico, Minnesota, and the Pacific. 

Paintings by Ruth Wright Paulsen

About The Book:

This is a simple book with beautiful illustrations for your little ones. They will understand the cycle of growing food from the soil, to the seed, to the plant, and then from the flour to the tortilla. It's a Beautiful book!

The Tortilla Factory

Warmest Regards,

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