Animal Talk: Mexican Folk Art Animal Sounds (Spanish Bilingual)
Animal Talk: Mexican Folk Art Animal Sounds (Spanish Bilingual)
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Annotation: Invites emerging readers to identify the animals depicted and act out their sounds in English and Spanish.
Catalog Number: #111856
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-941026-32-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-941026-32-8
Dewey: 534
LCCN: 2015024954
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
Kirkus Reviews
Continuing her First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art series, Weill presents 15 animals and their sounds in both English and Spanish, accompanied by models crafted by Fuentes and Broa. Each double-page spread depicts a single type of animal represented by two different Oaxacan models facing each other across the gutter and placed on bright, harmonizing backgrounds. English is on verso, Spanish is on recto: "Roosters say / COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO / Can you? // Los gallos dicen / KI-KIRI-KI / ¿Puedes tú?" Each rooster is glorious, feet firmly planted, wings spread, and head extended to crow lustily. The English rooster is primarily blue and sits on a warm, orange background, while the Spanish rooster is orange on a yellow background. The type used to represent their vocalizations is printed in blue and orange, respectively. The pattern continues with minor variations throughout, presenting kitties/los gatitos, fish/los peces, goats/las cabras, tigers/los tigres, cows/las vacas, bees/las abejas, horses/los caballos, dogs/los perros, frogs/las ranas, piggies/los porquitos, lions/los leones, snakes/las serpientes, turkeys/los pavos, and owls/los búhos. There may be regional differences in Spanish animals' dialects that give individual readers momentary pause: do Spanish-speaking turkeys say, "gordo gordo," everywhere? Some might feel that they say, "glú glú glú"; is "rahr" really what Spanish-speaking tigers say? The two-way pronunciation guide in the aftermatter is a thoughtful touch. A beautiful, playful, childcentric approach to language learning—and if it spawns conversations about dialects, so much the better. (Picture book. 2-5)
School Library Journal
PreS-K Looking for a fun and attractive picture book for bilingual storytime? Oaxacan wood sculptures in this work will captivate young readers with colorful images and simple vocabulary in English and Spanish. For example, "What do horses say? NEIGH NEIGH./¿Qué dicen los caballos? JIII JIII." Children will enjoy making 15 various animal sounds in both languages. Roosters, kitties, fish, goats, cows, and owls are among the featured animals. A pronunciation guide on the last page will prove to be helpful. The folk art provides vibrant colors seen in Mexico. Pair with Lois Ehlert's Rrralph or Jules Feiffer's Bark, George for a fantastic time.
Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: AD160L

Did you know that animals that live in one country don't always talk the same language as animals from somewhere else? Take a rooster, for instance. In English-speaking countries, he says cock-a-doodle-doo when he has a notion to announce himself or to greet the dawn. But in Spanish-speaking countries, he says ki-kiri-ki . Emerging readers will delight in identifying the animals depicted on each new page. And the bilingual text invites parent and child into an interactive and playful reading experience for acting out animal sounds in English and Spanish. Craftsman Rubí Fuentes and Efraín Broa from the Mexican state of Oaxaca fill the pages of Animal Talk with vibrant, wildly imaginative figures of familiar animals. Animal Talk is the fifth book in Cynthia Weill's charming First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art series. It is her passion to promote the work of artisans from around the world through early concept books.

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