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The Bossy Gallito

Gonzalez, Lucia M.  1994.  The Bossy Gallito.  New York: Scholastic. 


Summary: On his way to a wedding, the little gallito bosses everyone around to get something done.  At last, he finally says the word "please" and he gets help and he gets to the wedding.
 
Type: Beast and cumulative - Beast because the animals talk like humans and cumulative because the story is very repetitive.
 
Characters: the little gallito (rooster) is very bossy and doesn't ever say please when he wants help.  In the end,he learns to say please and he gets his way.
 
Setting: The only reference to time in this story is in the very first line "There was once a bossy little rooster..."  The story takes place in a village.  The illustrations show the stores in the village to have Spanish words on the window panes and doors.  This gives the reader the hint it takes place in Mexico.
 
Plot: The little bossy gallito finds two pieces of corn on his way to the wedding and gets his beak dirty.  He wants the grass to clean it off, but it doesn't.  Then he wants the goat to eat the grass, the stick to hit the goat, the fire to burn the stick, the water to quench the fire, and the sun to dry the water.  None of them help him because he demands that they do it, except the sun, because he said "please."  His beak finally gets cleaned and he gets to the wedding on time.
 
Theme: If you have manners, people will help you.  If you are bossy and demanding, they won't.
 
Rating: 3 out of 5
This story was fun to read because of the repeating phrases.  The illustrations were very detailed, with beautiful colors.  I like how the village had all Spanish words on the doors and windows to let the reader know this story is set in Mexico.





Additional Feature:
 
The Bossy Gallito/El Gallo de Bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale (Dual Language Edition)
 

Here are some quotes from my students:
 
"I liked it because it kept repeating itself."
 
"The illustrations were very detailed."
 
"This story was babyish."
 
"Except for the Spanish words used, it had nothing to do with Mexican culture."

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