Cary Library StoryWalk® at Lincoln Park


Federico and the Wolf by Rebecca J. GomezFederico and the Wolf by Rebecca J. Gomez

Federico rides his bicycle to the market for Abuelo's groceries and stands up to a hungry wolf.

What is StoryWalk®?


What is a Fractured Fairy Tale?

Does this story seem familiar to you? It’s a retelling of a traditional fairy tale.  Fairy Tale Retellings or Fractured Fairy Tales take a story you are familiar with and change it up a bit to retell it in a fun, new way.  It could change the characters or setting, switch the good characters and the bad ones, they might make it funny or make it more modern, or it could add a whole new twist!  Fractured Fairy Tales are fun to read especially when you are familiar with the original story because you can compare the two stories and see what differences you can find.

Can you guess what story Federico and the Wolf might be retelling?  If you are not sure, think about what you see on the cover –what clues do you have?  Hint: What is Federico wearing? Who else is on the cover?  Still not sure?  That’s ok, start reading and see if you can guess as you go along!

If you know the story, as you read talk about what differences you can see between the original fairy tale and this retelling.

Sing: The Wheels on the Bike

Let’s sing– only instead of singing the Wheels on the Bus, let’s sing The Wheels on the Bike!

The Wheels on the Bike go round and round
Round and round, round and round.
The Wheels on the Bike go round and round,
All through the town!

What other verses could we sing?

The handle on the bike goes left and right

The pedals on the bike go up and down

The bell on the bike goes ding ding ding

The brakes on the bike go screetch screetch screetch

What verses can you make up?

How to say “wolf” around the world:

In Spanish, the word for wolf is un lobo (masculine) or una loba (feminine). How do you say “wolf” in some of the other languages spoken in Lexington?

Talk About It: Your Favorite Meal

Federico’s Grandpa’s favorite treats are whole grain bread, cabbage, and pickled beets.  What are your favorite things to eat?

Sing: Head Shoulders Knees and Toes in Spanish!

Poor wolf his ojos are blazing, steam is coming out his orejas, that must make his cabeza hurt! He needs to get a drink to cool off his boca!  Now that we are learning the names of those body parts in Spanish, let’s sing “Head Shoulders Knees and Toes en Espanol”.  You can watch this video to follow along with Alicia as she sings!

Cabeza, hombros, rodillas y pies
rodillas y pies

Cabeza, hombros, rodillas y pies
rodillas y pies

Ojos, orejas, boca y nariz

Cabeza, hombros, rodillas y pies
rodillas y pies

Hear the Spanish Words Pronounced:

Watch this video to hear the Spanish words in the story pronounced

Make Pico de Gallo

The story includes a recipe for pico de gallo!  Try your hand at making this yummy dish!

Printable Activities from the Author

This downloadable resource from the author includes coloring sheets, how to draw the wolf lesson, a word search, and a maze!


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