Add this to the sorely empty bookshelf dedicated to toddler songs in Spanish.



From the Canta Libro series

Little ones can sing in Spanish as they follow the pictures in this board book about postal carriers.

There’s a “cartero” (postman) in the town that delivers letters the world over; so starts this original song by Caracolino, as Canizales’ illustration shows a postal worker doing just that. Next, comes a “cartera” (postwoman) on a new bike carrying packages made by “una abuela” (a grandmother). There’s a letter from Portugal and another from Senegal. The postal carriers move letters all over the world and finally “traen a casa la carta que yo espero.” Readers bilingual in Spanish and English will know that this means “bring home the letter I’m waiting for.” As the text is entirely in Spanish, readers who don’t know the language will miss some meaning, but the illustrations do help. Publishing simultaneously in this Canta Libro (Singing Book) series is La Jirafa Rafa. Rafa is a giraffe with a mustache and glasses that lives on the savannah and drinks water from a water bottle because the water from the well is not drinkable. Before reading the books, adult readers may want to download the QR code on the back cover of the books to hear Caracolino sing the songs. The music is simple and straightforward enough that it will be easy to sing along with the books. Little ones will enjoy the illustrations—particularly the one with Rafa spitting the bad-tasting water out. The humans depicted are multiethnic.

Add this to the sorely empty bookshelf dedicated to toddler songs in Spanish. (Board book. 1-4)

Pub Date: June 9, 2020

ISBN: 978-84-17673-46-8

Page Count: 18

Publisher: nubeOCHO

Review Posted Online: Feb. 26, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2020

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A fun but inessential novelty, as much toy as book.


A familiar song repackaged as a board book doubles as a finger puppet.

Many a caregiver has sung this refrain to a newborn or toddler, ignoring the decidedly sad lyrics of the original. Magsamen lays claim and sweetens it up. She uses only the chorus and changes the last line to “I’ll give you lots of hugs… / and kisses every day” instead of the expected “Please don’t take my sunshine away.” Her cheery artwork, reminiscent of applique, recalls the song’s country-music roots and is anything but sad. The pages are decorated with hearts and cuddly-looking caregiver-child animal pairs—foxes, skunks with sunny yellow umbrellas, bunnies, raccoons, and squirrels. The thick, heart-shaped pages include a circular die-cut hole through which readers might poke the smiling felt sun puppet attached to the back cover. A finger inserted from the back makes the sun wiggle and will capture even the youngest baby’s attention. The puppet feature does not obstruct the initial page turns, but when a toddler says, “Do it again” (as they doubtless will), quickly re-positioning the finger puppet is somewhat challenging.

A fun but inessential novelty, as much toy as book. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)

Pub Date: Dec. 26, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-338-30576-0

Page Count: 6

Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Nov. 12, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2019

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A successful offering from a well-matched pair.


A child greets the day and then says goodnight in this circular picture book.

Over the first three double-page spreads, spare verse (based on a song by Betty Comden and Adolph Green) relates the various sights that a boy beholds as he opens his window to the day: “Good Morning to the sun, / Good Morning to the hills, // Good Morning to the chickies and the hen. / Good Morning to the rooster, // Good Morning to the cow, / Good Morning to the piggies in the pen.” Ensuing pages show the boy greeting other creatures, things and places, moving from the pastoral setting of the opening to a city scene. The climax of the text reads (with a bit of a rhythmic misstep) “Good Morning! Good Morning! / To everything in sight! By the time I get through saying Good Morning, it’s time to say… // Good Night,” and then, looking rather forlorn, the child says “Good Night” to everything he’d greeted on prior pages. By the time he snuggles down to sleep, he is smiling as his mother (heretofore unseen amid all of his adventures) stands in his bedroom doorway. Barroux’s whimsical, naïve-style illustrations establish his work, once again, as an ideal match for Ziefert’s verse—see Bunny’s Lessons (2011) and My Dog Thinks I’m a Genius (2011) as other strong collaborations.

A successful offering from a well-matched pair. (Picture book. 1-4)

Pub Date: Sept. 13, 2013

ISBN: 978-160905374-1

Page Count: 36

Publisher: Blue Apple

Review Posted Online: Aug. 3, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2013

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