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¡Pío Peep!: Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Hardcover – March 18, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Rayo; Bilingual edition (March 18, 2003)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0688160190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688160197
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-Following in the tradition of Margot Griego's Tortillitas para Mama (Holt, 1995) and Jose-Luis Orozco's Diez deditos (Dutton, 1997) comes this stellar collection of nursery rhymes. Selected from the rich oral tradition of Latin America and the American Southwest, most of the verses are known throughout the Spanish-speaking world. The rhymes cover everything from early morning birds to elephants to angels, and the reason for their enduring popularity is clear. Deeply rhythmic verses, compelling rhyme schemes, and words that "play trippingly on the tongue" characterize every verse. Schertle's excellent English adaptations are not literal translations but poetic re-creations. They retain the rhythm, meter, and general meaning of the originals, making the rhymes as memorable and memorizable in English as they are in Spanish. Escriv 's watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations use brilliant hues and detail to reconstruct a young child's world. Certain to become a staple for preschool and early elementary programs, this offering is also a wonderful, reassuring lap book. A must-purchase for libraries.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreS. As the preface to this delightful book states, nursery rhymes and songs are an important part of Spanish oral folklore. The 29 rhymes here--some accompanied by finger plays or games, and some simply meant to be chanted on their own--in most cases came to the Americas from Spain. They are presented both in Spanish and in English, although "to preserve the charm of the original rhymes," the English versions are not translations but "poetic recreations." Even adult readers with a rudimentary knowledge of Spanish will see some of the differences, but both versions have a sweet, rhythmic simplicity that will get children singing, clapping, and perhaps making some forays into a new language. The watercolor illustrations, featured prominently on the page, are a mix of historical and contemporary, generic Latin American scenes, and pictures of animals (not Escriva's artistic strong suit). Parents, teachers, and librarians will find a multitude of uses. Ilene Cooper
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The illustrations are very well done too.
zia'shan
The nursery rhyme in Spanish are perfect and they do a great adaptation in English.
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It is the favorite book of one of my girls.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By zia'shan on April 13, 2005
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It is so difficult to find good children's books in Spanish in the U.S. Most of them are simply Spanish translations of English language books. Pio Peep! is an excellent bi-lingual book containing traditional Spanish nursery rhymes and songs and English adaptations (I say adaptations because great care has been taken to preserve the rhythm and rhyme of the original). The illustrations are very well done too. I highly recommend this book to anyone raising children in a bi-lingual household.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By beloni on January 28, 2004
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Since my infant twins are Cuban-American, I have been looking for children's books that will teach them Spanish while also teaching them a bit of their heritage. This collection of Latin American nursery rhymes brings together a collection of sweet rhymes that also appear in English. I'm always interested to see how the translator of this work chose to translate the rhymes. Often, the translations are not word for word, so sometimes I feel like I am reading a new rhyme. The adaptations are as interesting as the original ones. The illustrations are as pretty as the rhymes. I will save this book for my twins to give to their children one day.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Pre-K Teacher on June 20, 2006
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This book is amazing! As a bilingual Pre-K teacher, I recommend this collection for every young class. The Spanish nursery rhymes are classics and the English adaptations help make the book even more enjoyable for bilingual readers. These poems make meaningful rhymes in both languages that are sure to delight!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scarlett O'Hara on April 18, 2013
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This book has a nice collection of songs/poems that I sang as a child in Spain and I had forgotten. I was very impressed by the translations, too. They don't try to go word by word, but rather capture the essence of it and rhyme beautifully. I like to sing the songs in Spanish to my daughter, but even without the music they are excellent.
My daughter's spanish teacher recommended this book as a children poem's book and it has become a favorite in my family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By petitemousie on March 23, 2013
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This is great! One of the mum's in group I belong to recommended this, and I must say it's a hit with our daughter. I'm more of the Spanish speaker in It my family, but even my hubs enjoys reading it!

Would recommend for anyone who's trying to raise a bilingual kid!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mariposita Queen on January 7, 2011
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My daughter and I are really enjoying this book. She loves that I can read a rhyme to her in Spanish and her Dad can read the same one to her in English. Sometimes we sing the rhymes. The drawings on each page are very nice. I'm sure we'll use this book for a very long time. I'm very happy with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 22, 2010
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This is a great Spanish nursery rhymes collection with English translations (not always literal translations, but something along the lines). I have checked it out from the library a few times and was glad to see it here at such an affordable price because i would love to just have it on hand all the time. My three year old loves it especially the rhymes i know the songs to :) (check on youtube)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Anne Kadosh on April 7, 2010
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I bought this book for my childcare person to read to my granddaughter. I wanted a book with authentic Spanish rhymes and this is one of those. (I did not want a book in which English children's rhymes are simply translated into Spanish) We have CD's with lots of these nursery rhymes in song form. My only critique is that I would have preferred a book with no English. The pictures are lovely.
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