Marimba!: Animales from a to Z
Marimba!: Animales from a to Z
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Annotation: Rhyming book uses both Spanish and English animal names to show the antics of an alphabet-full of zoo animals during a night of singing, dancing, and feasting.
Catalog Number: #12241
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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 2006
Edition Date: 2006
Illustrator: Cushman, Doug,
Pages: 32 pages
Availability: Out of Print
ISBN: Publisher: 0-618-19453-3 Perma-Bound: 0-605-11403-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-618-19453-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-11403-6
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2005036724
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
After lulling the zookeepers to sleep, a marimba-playing monkey and the other animales party at the zoo. Most of the text in this lively alphabet book is in English, but each page includes a Spanish word (usually the name of an animal) that is a cognate. At times the generally rhythmic text is jarringly off beat. A translation and pronunciation guide is included.
Kirkus Reviews
Animals frolic through the whole alphabet in Spanish as well as English. While two zoo keepers snooze in front of the ticket window, all the animals inside kick up their hooves. Twenty-six short verses introduce them, from A (animales) to Z (zebues). Most of the animal names are close enough to their English counterparts to be guessed by young listeners: elefantes, gorilas, manaties, for example. In the back is a brief "translation and pronunciation guide." The verses are simple, and built around the activities the animals are undertaking in the pictures: " Let's conga,' say cougars to coyotes, to marimbas ting-tong beat!' " Cushman's happy illustrations, in pen-and-ink and watercolor with gouache and colored pencil, resemble stills from an old Saturday morning cartoon. An inviting introduction to both Spanish and the animal kingdom. (Picture book. 4-7)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This infectiously cheerful alphabet book includes both Spanish and English animal names (the author deliberately chose examples that are easily recognizable in both languages). Rhyming verses introduce pairs of letters: "A chorus of lions and llamas/samba down the street./Mariachi manaties mambo/to marimba's ting-tong beat" and "Raccoons and rinocerontes/rumba with rattlesnakes./Sloths and salamandras/salsa around the lakes." A monkey playing a marimba soothingly "croons" the zookeepers to sleep and then pops up affably in most of the watercolor illustrations to entertain the various creatures that burst with energy and humor. The starlit sky that appears in most of the illustrations reminds readers that despite the brightness of the foreground, these frolicking animals are celebrating at night. Miniature visual representations of each Spanish word accompany a helpful pronunciation and translation guide. This freshly presented concept book will please children and may tempt librarians to share it at storytime.-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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School Library Journal
Word Count: 248
Reading Level: 2.4
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 110854 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD780L

After the visitors have left the zoo and the animals have settled down for the night, a mischievous monkey starts a ting-tong rhythm on the marimba and slowly the animals awaken.Lions and llamas samba and cougars and coyotes conga as all the animals join in the fun to create a rollicking fiesta.Infused with Mexican American flavor, ?MARIMBA! is a unique alphabet book that also introduces the concept of cognates--words in different languages that are similar.Young Spanish speakers will be delighted to find they are already familiar with twenty-six words in English, and English speakers with find they already know some Spanish.Author's note, pronunciation guide, rebus dictionary.

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