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¡PÍO PEEP! by Alma Flor Ada


Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes

edited by Alma Flor Ada & F. Isabel Campoy & illustrated by Viví Escrivá & translated by Alice Schertle

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: April 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-688-16019-0
Publisher: HarperCollins

Hoping to introduce the rich heritage of Spanish nursery rhymes to children of all backgrounds, the editors have selected many of the best-known traditional rhymes, most originally from Spain, but now spread throughout Latin America. In this bilingual presentation, Schertle avoids a word-for-word translation and presents instead what the introduction calls a “poetic re-creation.” While small details may differ, the English versions flow easily off the tongue. A few of the rhymes are associated with children’s games, such as “El patio de mi casa” and children can get the sense of the game from the words, but there are few notes accompanying the individual rhymes. A preface acknowledges some sources and provides limited background information for adults. Escrivá’s pastoral paintings of sweet-faced children and adults dressed in a mix of traditional and contemporary clothing are pleasant accompaniments. (Poetry. 4-8)