Everyone loves the taste of the puffed pillows of fried bread known as sopaipillas, whether theyre drizzled with honey or sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. But most people, young Cristina included, dont know about this Southwestern treats magical origins, or how it got its name.
One hot summer morning, Cristinas abuelita promises to teach her how to make the tasty fried bread and explain how she knows that making sopaipillas will bring rain! Long ago, Cristinas great-grandfather Benito was desperate. His crops were dying because it hadnt rained for months. One day, exhausted and weak from working the fields, Benito watched in amazement as a scarecrow came to life and begged him to help bring rain. The worried scarecrow claimed to know how. But could a scarecrowand pieces of doughreally bring rain to the dry and dusty fields? Could Benito really save everyones crops?
And so Benitoand many years later his great-granddaughter Cristinalearned about the pillows of bread known as soup catchers that, like clouds, catch rain drops and bring them down to earth.
Benitos Sopaipillas / Las sopaipillas de Benito is a magical bilingual picture book for children aged 3-7 that celebrates a delicious staple of Southwestern cuisine. And for those children who want to test the magic of the sopaipillas, a recipe is included in English and Spanish.