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Arrorro, Mi Nino / Hushaby Baby: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games (Pura Belpre Honor Book. Illustrator (Awards)) Hardcover – April 1, 2004
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PreS. The bright, beautiful oil-wash illustrations for these 15 lullabies, nursery rhymes, and finger-play games reflect the diversity of the Latino experience. The settings vary-- from city streets to picking fields; from cozy bedroom to library, school, art gallery, and grocery store--and the caregivers who soothe the children in the pictures include mother, father, sibling, and grandparent. The bilingual text appears first in Spanish, with the English translation beneath or by its side, and most selections are accompanied by instructions for a finger-play. Musical notation and comments about the melodies are at the back. A native of Puerto Rico, editor Delacre lives in Maryland, and she draws the songs from 14 different countries to show and tell about children who grow up "learning and loving two cultures and two languages." Some of the verses don't rhyme in translation, but in the best of them, the rhythm and poetry travel with music and fun. Hazel Rochman
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About the Author
LULU DELACRE is the illustrator of many award-winning childrens books, several of which she also wrote or compiled. She created Arrorró, mi niño to help Latinos in the United States pass on traditional games and songs to their children as well as to introduce these delightful selections to families of all backgrounds. Delacre was honored in 1998 as Maryland Woman in the Arts, and is a juror for the 2003 National Books Awards. A native of Puerto Rico, Delacre lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband and their two daughters.