by Stefan Czerneckiillustrated by Stefan Czernecki
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Marcelina lived in a small cage on the balcony of Señor Raul's cantina in Mexico City. Every day she would lay eggs and Señor Raul would turn them into delicious huevos rancheros for his customers. Señor Raul loved to sing and always serenaded Marcelina with his sweet songs. But every night Marcelina would dream of the day when she would not have to live in a cage. A recipe for Huevos Rancheros is included in this poignant tale.
Themes: Mexico, multicultural, humour, recipes, food
- Finalist for The Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award for Illustration 2002
“Huevos Rancheros is Stefan Czernecki's answer to sustainable living. Marcelina is a hen who knows how to accomplish goals, enjoys music and avoid danger. Complete with a recipe for a tasty Mexican breakfast.“ BC Bookworld
“Fall in love with Marcelina, a dancing chicken who dreams of freedom and is clever enough to outsmart the trickster coyote. Breakfast has never been as charmingly portrayed as in this eye-candy book, both written and illustrated by Vancouver's Stefan Czernecki.” Vancouver Sun
Stefan Czernecki was born in a refugee camp in Germany and now lives in a small glass apartment one hundred and fifty feet above the ground. For inspiration he travels to faraway places like Tokyo, Mexico City, New York and Marrakesh. Sometimes he just takes a walk around the block. A number of his books are inspired by folk art and set in other countries. He won the Aesop Accolade, the American Folklore Society Award, in 1997.