Latin Grammy nominee Ruesga follows up her original anthology Cantaba la rana / The Frog Was Singing (2011) by reuniting with illustrator Sebastián to share 14 new songs in both English and Spanish, including “La piñata,” “Torticas de manteca,” and “Tengo una muñeca.” Each tune is complemented by a vivid spread, often demonstrating the body movements that go along with the song, a brief excerpt explaining the song’s origin, music notations and guitar chords for the arrangement, and a link to the song—joyfully performed by Ruesga—which can be downloaded and shared at home or in the classroom. Although versions of the original songs vary across regions, the verses stay faithful to a rhythm familiar to native Spanish speakers, and the translations have been modified so that those learning Spanish can join the fun. Great for little ones who love to sing and dance. Preschool-Grade 2. --Angie Zapata
About the Author
Rita Rosa Ruesga
was born in Cuba and holds a degree in choral conducting from the National School of Fine Arts of Cuba. Rita Rosa created Musikartis, a bilingual music curriculum, and works as a music producer, teacher, and voice coach. She is a 2009 and 2010 Latin Grammy nominee.
Soledad Sebastián is a Chilean illustrator. Born in 1972, she studied graphic design at the Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana in Santiago, Chile. Soledad has shown her work in many group exhibits, has taught art workshops for children and adults, and is currently an illustrator for magazines and children's books.