Too Many Tamales

Our new words are dusk, tamales, kneading, and shock. The words come from the book Too Many Tamales. Watch the video below to listen to the book. Ask your child what each word means, and if they don’t know, explain the meaning to them or show them an example. Here are easy definitions to use.



Dusk is the time of day just before night, when the sky is getting dark.


Tamales are a Mexican dish of ground meat wrapped in cornmeal dough. Ask your child to show how she might knead masa to make tamales.  

Kneading dough

To knead is to mix by pressing, folding, and pulling.


A shock is a sudden scare or surprise.  Ask your child to show you a “shocked” face.



Thank you!