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From always-popular traditional tales, songs, and carols from around the world, to delightful books for the very young, to a contemporary Scheherazade, to engaging nonfiction books, these hard-to-resist children's books in Spanish will delight and inform young Spanish speakers, Spanish learners, and their parents.
Ada, Alma Flor and F. Isabel Campoy.
Merry Navidad!: Christmas Carols in Spanish and English.
Merry Navidad: Villancicos en espanol e ingles
Illustrator: Vivi Escriva
Translated into English by Rosalma Zubizarreta
New York: Harper Collins, 2007; 64 p.
$16.99; Grades 2-5
Nineteen traditional Christmas carols from Latin America and Spain are included in this attractive bilingual publication. From Bethlehem to Las Posadas to Nanas de Navidad/Christmas Lullabies to Los Tres Reyes Magos/The Three Wise Kings, English and Spanish speakers will enjoy the songs and fiestas of the Christmas season. Straightforward English renditions follow the original Spanish versions. A few musical notations and Escriva's festive watercolor illustrations add to the holiday spirit.
Illustrator: Francesc Infante
Escardo i Bas, Merce
The Three Little Pigs/Los tres cerditos
Illustrator: Pere Joan
Beauty and the Beast/La bella y la bestia
Illustrator: Cristina Losantos
Each volume: 24 p.
Translated into English by Elizabeth Bell
San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2006-2007
Paper: $6.95; Grades K-3
Fortunately these new bilingual titles of these classic stories are as simple and appealing as those published in 20042006. Each title includes straightforward English texts, followed by smooth Spanish renditions on the left side of page, and facing full-page color illustrations.
Especially enticing are Joma's ink-and-watercolor illustrations of Rapunzel/ Rapunzel, which depict contemporary settings and characters in the traditional story of the beautiful girl with exceptionally long golden hair imprisoned in a lonely tower by a mean witch. Infante's stylized illustrations add a unique tone to the popular tale of the strange …