September 29, 2009

Spanish Nursery Rhymes

Pío Peep!: Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes
selected by Alma Flor Ada & F. Isabel Campoy
adapted into English by Alice Schertle
illustrated by Viví Escrivá

A bilingual collection of traditional rhymes that celebrate Spanish and Latin American heritage. The introduction explains that the English versions are poetic recreations rather than straight translations, but it does not detract from the spirit of each rhyme. Accompanied by cheerful, full-colour illustrations. An excerpt follows.

Cinco pollitos
Cinco pollitos
tiene mi tía:
Uno le canta,
otro le pía
y tres le tocan la chirimía.

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, run-a-tum-tum.

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