MAMÁ GOOSE by Alma Flor Ada

MAMÁ GOOSE

A Latino Nursery Treasury/Un Tesoro de Rimas Infantiles
by , , illustrated by , translated by
Age Range: 3 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Gathering fresh material, Ada and colleagues expand the scope of ¡Pio Peep! Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes (2003) to include not only baby songs, but riddles, proverbs, play rhymes, jump-rope rhymes, a circular tale and even a funny ballad about a dead cat brought back to life by the smell of sardines. Except for English-only section introductions, the contents—index included—are bilingual, Spanish first, with the English translations editorially tweaked into rhyme: “Una, dos, y tres / pluma, tintero y papel / para escribir una carta / a mi querido Miguel,” becomes “One, two three / paper, ink and pen / all to write a letter / to my sweetheart Ben.” Suarez decorates the pages with smiling, round-faced, sweet-looking children and animals bouncing about exuberantly. As there are no source notes and the compilers even tuck in a few insufficiently identified poems of their own, this wins no high marks for scholarship—but young listeners singing or clapping along won’t mind. (Bilingual poetry. 3-8)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-7868-1953-7
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Hyperion
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2005




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