No Way, José!
/ ¡De ninguna manera, José!
This book is a southwestern tale told in both Spanish and English.
The story tells about an imperious little rooster named José
who tries to make his way to his uncle's wedding. As José walks
toward the church where the wedding is being held, he finds a delicious
looking raspberry. Without hesitation, José gobbles down the
raspberry only to find a raspberry mess on his beak. After realizing
this, José commands the grass to wipe the fruit off his beak,
but the grass refuses. José then turns to the sheep, and orders
her to eat the grass because the grass won't "clean off" his beak. The
sheep who also does not like to be told what to do says, "No way, José!"
Throughout this story, José continues to boss everyone around until
he speaks to a few ghosts. Finally, the ghosts obey José's command by
scaring a man who runs after a dog. The dog who earlier refused José
then bites the wolf. All of this continues until José's beak is finally
cleaned, and he arrives at his uncle's wedding.
This is a great story for students who are learning English or Spanish.
It is also a fun story to get students involved in reading out loud.
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