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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Review: Escucha Means Listen by Talia Aikens-Nuñez

Welcome to my stop in this blog tour hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer.  A big thank you to author, Talia Aikens-Nuñez , for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Don't forget to swing by the Tour Page for other fun stops in this tour. Ms Aikens-Nuñez is also giving a generous Giveaway for this tour, $25 Amazon GC or Paypal, so be sure to enter that at the tour page!

My Review

Escucha Means Listen by Talia Aikens-Nuñez, YR, 2012, picture book in ebook, 22p, Rating=3
Source: provided by author in exchange for my honest review

From the mowing of the lawn to the splish-splashing of rain puddles, Talia Aikens-Nuñez’s bilingual picture book Escucha Means Listen introduces toddlers and babies to the sweet sounds around them.

Take a journey through the world—just listening. Escucha Means Listen helps children discover sounds around them in English and Spanish.

Here is a book that provided introduction to few simple Spanish words translated to English.  As a picture book, it was geared to be read to young children to learn particular words through a theme ...What do you hear? (see excerpt below).  Having such a theme made this book move smoothly.  Also, the illustrations were exceptionally appealing and easy on the eyes (kudos to illustrator, Dina Ashraf Hemi!). 

I did have a couple of qualms.  One was the answer to what was making the "Vrrr! Vrrr!" sound ..not quite accurate!  And two, there seems to be an assumption that the reader can pronounce the Spanish words correctly.  Thus, a pronunciation key would have been great to include in the book. 

Overall, a darling bilingual picture book. 

Buzz. Buzz. Qué oyes? (What do you hear?)
Las abejas (The bees) circling the flowers.

Woosh. Woosh. What do you hear?
El viento (The wind) is whistling by.

Shh. Shh. Qué oyes? (What do you hear?)
Las hojas (The leaves) are dancing on the trees.

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