Tags: Children's books, Eating Crickets, Freaky Fodos From Around the World, Lucas and His Loco Beans, Mexican jumping beans, School Assemblies
Dynamic, Interactive school assemblies in English and Spanish
Mexican Jumping Beans!
Bilingual story of the Mexican Jumping Bean – Lucas and His Loco Beans
Life cycle of the Cydia deshaisiana – Mexican Jumping moth
On-screen presentation of natural environment of jumping beans – Alamos, Sonora, Mexico high desert region.
Students get to hold jumping beans to experience the twitching of the larva inside the seed segments.
Freaky Foods From Around the World
Bilingual story of foods from different cultures – Freaky Foods From Around the World – Platillos sorprendentes de todo el mundo
On-screen presentation showing animals and insects from different parts of the world that humans dine on.
Discussion on what one culture considers common and what another culture considers unusual.
Students/teachers are offered a snack of baked crickets.
Meet Core Curriculum Requirements for Science, Natural History, and Language Arts
Costs: $300 per assembly – 200 student max per assembly. If Ramona is already in the area, no travel or lodging fees are charged.
To schedule your school assemblies or for copies of Ramona’s books contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional Recommendations by School Administrators
– Mrs. Winner came to Hightower Elementary School, Plano, Texas and we had a fabulous time. The students thoroughly enjoyed Mrs. Winner’s presentation, but I think their most favorite were the jumping beans and the freaky foods. Or perhaps it was watching their teachers eat a cricket, yummy. The students could not stop talking with excitement and had many questions afterwards. I appreciate Mrs. Winner’s taking the time to answer students questions and bringing such excitement and encouragement for writing to our students.
Stacy Lambert, Librarian, Stacy.email@example.com, Plano, TX
– The students at Dr. Sue Shook Elementary are “locos” about Mrs. Ramona Winner! Mrs. Winner’s interactive and hands-on presentation was both entertaining and educational. The students were fascinated with the Mexican Jumping Bean and eager to learn about its life cycle. We thoroughly enjoyed Mrs. Winner’s visit and her tasty cricket treats were a big hit! Thank you for sharing your love of reading and writing with our students. I know your visit inspired our young writers to become future authors.
Sandra M Aguirre, firstname.lastname@example.org, El Paso, TX
– Ramona Winner provides engaging, innovative presentations that include science concepts, humor, and are fast paced and hands-on! Our students and teachers are still talking about how wonderful the assemblies were! Book this author and motivating presenter for your school today!
Patricia Peinado @vtusd.k12.ca.us, E.L. Foster Elementary, Ventura, CA
– I expected a good presentation, we got a GREAT presentation! The cultural component was exceptional.
Lee Warner, Principal, Lincoln Elementary, Ventura, CA 805/641-5438.
– Ramona Moreno Winner is truly a winner! She is an author with more than one talent. She not only is well written but is also well spoken in a manner that can engage children of many ages. Ramona’s books are well written and provide an avenue for many teaching opportunities. The bilingual text expands the usability of the books to Spanish/bilingual programs. Her creative stories with details and factual text along with a slide show of the books’ origins provide a connection to many fiction and non-fiction opportunities. We thoroughly enjoyed Mrs. Winner’s visit. A word of warning: she may convince you to eat a cricket!!! I did and lived to write about it!
Carol Stanford, Gladys F. Polk Elementary, Freeport, TX, Information Science Specialist @ Cstanford@Brazosportisd.net 979/730-7200
– Our students and parents really enjoyed Senora Winner at our Parent night. She read, discussed her stories and passed out jumping beans for everyone to hold. She also gave us delicious crunchy bugs to eat; the students thought that was Awesome!
Pam deFiebre, Teacher Librarian, Barnes Elementary School, Beaverton, OR 503/672-3500
Here are some reported on Wikipedia:
- In Trinidad, the chicken feet are cleaned, seasoned, boiled in seasoned water, and left to soak with cucumbers, onions, peppers and green seasoning until cool. It is eaten as a party dish called chicken foot souse.
- In South Africa, chicken feet are mainly eaten in Townships in all nine provinces, where they are known as “walkie talkies” (together with the head,intestine,hearts and giblets) and “chicken dust”, respectively. They are mostly prepared and eaten in the inner cities and townships. The feet are submerged in hot water, so the outer layer of the skin can be removed by peeling it off and then covered in seasonings and grilled. The name “chicken dust” derives from the dust chickens create when scratching the ground with their feet.
- In Jamaican cuisine, chicken feet are mainly used to make soup, known as chicken foot soup. The soup contains yams, potatoes, green/yellow banana, dumplings and special spices in addition to the chicken feet, and is slow cooked for a minimum of two hours.
- Chicken feet are a popular ingredient across Mexico, particularly in stews and soups. They are often steamed to become part of a main dish with rice, vegetables and most likely another part of the chicken, such as the breast or thighs. The feet can be seasoned with mole sauce. On occasion, they are breaded and fried.
Try out this yummy recipe:
Explore the origins of chickens
complements of Wikipedia
The Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) is a tropical member of the Pheasant family. It is thought to be ancestral to the domestic chicken , with some hybridisation with the Grey Junglefowl whose origins are Tamil Nadu, South India.
The Red Junglefowl was first domesticated at least five thousand years ago in Asia, then taken around the world, and the domestic form is kept globally as a very productive food source of both meat and eggs.
The range of the wild form stretches from Tamil Nadu, South India (where it has almost certainly been diluted with cross breeding from domestic breeds) eastwards across southern China and into Malaysia, The Philippines (where it is locally known as labuyo) and Indonesia. Junglefowl are established on several of the Hawaiian Islands, but these are feral descendents of domestic chickens. They can also be found on Christmas Island and the Marianas.
In making my book, I tried a chicken feet recipe from China. I now see that I did not clip the toe nails off correctly. I guess I just gave them a little trim! Ha ha.