Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Escucha Means Listen

Welcome to my review of Escucha Means Listen Blog Tour hosted by Inspired Kathy at I am A Reader, Not A Writer.

Thank you to Talia Aikens-Nunez, the author, for the copy of the book that I was able to read in exchange for this honest review, and for the $25 Amazon gift card or Paypal, which YOU can enter to win at the tour page.
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My Review
My first reaction to this stunningly simple children's book is the artwork in the illustrations with their attractive bright colors.  The words on each page direct the child's attention to the picture, as they are asked to determine what sounds they are hearing.  The opportunity this presents for the child to interact with the written word, to think and search for clues from the picture for the answer, is well done.

The rhythm and flow of the words when read aloud is pleasing, it does not trip the tongue, nor does it feel redundant and silly.  It may be tricky if you are not familiar with Spanish, but this book presents an opening for learning a few new vocabulary words.

I would read this book to my children, and overall, that is the highest recommendation I can give.

Escucha Means Listen

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.

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.


Author Talia Aikens-Nuñez  

Talia Aikens-Nuñez wanted to be a meteorologist, a politician and a lawyer. She never thought she would be a writer. It was the birth of her daughter that caused her to start writing. Raising a bilingual child inspired Talia to write lyrical children’s books. These ‘first experience’ books introduce Spanish to children and parents too! Talia’s family loves nature so much that she and her husband vowed that they will always try to live close to water. She, her husband and daughter live on a river in Connecticut with their daughter Isabella.

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Ends 1/21/12

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1 comment:

  1. That looks like a cool book! And I'm excited for your entrance into the world of blog tours with book reviews!! I liked the front cover and the excerpt. Thanks for sharing, Amy!