Alma Flor Ada,
F. Isabel Campoy,
Ada and Campoy team up again (¡Pío Peep!, 2003, etc.) to produce this lovely anthology of rhymes, songs and poems from the Hispanic oral tradition. The selection is focused on popular verses with animal themes, which plays naturally to the interests of young ones and will make parents and grandparents recollect their own childhoods. Some of the poems are very simple and create enjoyment just by the repetition of a syllable: "Debajo de un botón, ton ton, / que encontró Martín, tin tin / había un ratón, ton, ton…" Others are more complex and tell a story, presented as a dramatic piece, such as "Las bodas de la pulga y el piojo/The Flea's Wedding." The collection is enriched by the inclusion of some verses written by the authors, inspired by the repetition and form of the genre. Zubizarreta's musical English renditions of the rhymes increase the uses of this collection, making it a valuable bilingual resource. Escrivá's depictions of children and the animals' humorous expressions infuse each page with an infectious, childlike happiness. (Nursery rhymes. 1-7) Read full book review >
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