¡Pío Peep! Traditional Spanish Nursery RhymesAlma Flor Ada and Isabel Campoy, both Bay Area local teachers and writers, collected nursery rhymes and songs from across Spain, Latin America and the American Southwest, especially looking for traditional songs and rhymes from their childhoods. Shared in both Spanish and English, these nursery rhymes are sweet, simple and musical. The original Spanish rhymes are paired with English versions that are not direct translations, but rather “poetic recreations”. An fun example is Cinco Pollitos / Five Little Chicks (I apologize for not being able to add the correct accents).
selected by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy
English adaptations by Alice Schertle
illustrations by Vivi Escriva
NY: HarperCollins, 2003
ages 2 - 6
tiene mi tia:
Uno le canta,
otro le pia
y tres le tocan la chirimia.
Five Little Chicks
Rum-a-tum-tum, whistles and sticks,
my auntie makes music with five little chicks:
One is a singer,
another can hum,
three play the melody: rum-a-tum-tum.
(c) Alma Flor Ada, Isabel Campoy and Alice Schertle
The rhythm and melody of both the Spanish and English versions are wonderful. They poems and songs are short, so even little children with short attentions will enjoy them. The illustrations are bright and cheerful, and really develop the feelings in a lovely way. You can browse inside the book at the HarperCollins website.
¡Muu, Moo! This collection will have animal nursery rhymes in both English and Spanish. Again, Alma Flor Ada and Isabel Campoy have collected traditional rhymes from Spain, Latin America and the United States. In addition, they have included some of their own original poems. Thanks to Fuse#8 for the HarperCollins Librarian Preview for alerting me to this! Muu, Moo! will be released March 9th.
Poetry Friday is being hosted this week by Teaching Books. Stop by their site for a great roundup of inspiring original poetry and reviews of poetry collections.
You can find ¡Pío Peep! at your local library using WorldCat, local bookstores, or on Amazon. If you make a purchase on Amazon, please use this link: ¡Pío Peep! and small portion will go to Great Kid Books (at no cost to you). This link on Amazon for ¡Pío Peep! also includes a CD with the nursery rhymes in both Spanish and English, along with original music: a great bonus! This will be used to purchase more books to review. Thank you for your support! You can also use the widgets below to go directly to Amazon: