Author : Alma Flor Ada,
Illustrator : Vivi Escriva, Musician : Suni Paz
Preschool and Up
Abecedario de los animales
Abecedario de los
animales, Softcover, Spanish, Big Book, Alma Flor Ada, Vivi
Escriva, Preschool and Up,
Abecedario de los animales, Spanish, Music CD, Suni Paz, Preschool and Up, $19.95 Listen
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A companion book to Coral y espuma abecedario del mar, this book offers two poems for each letter of the alphabet. One poem centers on the featured animal, while the other focuses on the letter itself, playfully exploring associated sounds and shapes and meaningful words. Teachers and children have delighted on this book which has become one of Alma Flor’s classics, with numerous reprints both in hardcover and paperback. Viví Escrivá whimsical illustrations contribute to make this book a favorite welcoming present for a new born child, a special birthday present or simply a book that belongs in the library of every child who speaks or is learning to speak Spanish.
The accompanying CD complements the book, facilitating children’s retention of the poems. Drawing on her broad knowledge of the Hispanic musical tradition, Suni Paz has turned each of the alphabet poems into a delightful song. The songs encompass a wide range of Latin American and Spanish rhythms, and provide an outstanding introduction to Latino children’s vast musical heritage. The tape also includes an original ABC song, a gift from Alma Flor and Suni to children and teachers.
Author’s Note : The ABC has always held great appeal for me. I love that it is such a wonderful tool for organizing things. I am a lover and collector of ABC books, so it is not a surprise that I have written a few.
This particular ABC
was born out of my desire to do something special for a special child, Emilio,
the son of Kuki Miller and Daniel Divinski, two wonderful Argentinian friends.
Emilio was visiting San Francisco for the first time, and I had been looking
forward meeting this child, but feel victim of the most vicious flu. It was
frustrated to be in bed and not able to meet the child and take him and his
mother to see the city. To try to give him something, I began creating poems
about the letters and sharing them with him on the phone. This was the
inspiration for the book.
At a different level
this book is very important to me because it was the beginning of my
professional association with someone I held in great esteem, Felicidad Orquín.
A specialist in Children’s Literature, and a remarkable author, Felicidad was
at the time the Director of the Children’s Literature Section of Espasa-Calpe
in Madrid, and was the person who offered me a contract to publish this book.
Since then we have become friends, but this book was out first contact. The book
is the product of her vision who selected Viví as the illustrator and designed
the parameters for the book design. The collaboration with Viví on the creation
of the book, and with Suni Paz on the creation of the tape have been
extraordinary joys in my life.
Even more exciting is the fact that many children have been inspired to write their own ABC poems after reading this book. That is the greatest of all rewards!
children’s responses : My great love for this book derives, of course, of the
extraordinary response it has had from teachers and children. It has been
wonderful to visit schools and see how children knew the poems by heart, and
could recite or sang them. Once in the outstanding Author’s Fair of St.
Helena’s Elementary School, in St. Helena, California, the children perform
the book on stage, holding big signs with the letters and moving to a wonderful
choreography. I also have many children made versions of the book.
Publishers Weekly :
Young readers will enjoy learning the alphabet as they associate the letters
with the names of animals. Large, colorful illustrations and simple, clever text
make this a fun and educational tool.
School Library Journal : A wonderful collection of verses about the letters of the alphabet, including imaginative descriptions of the letters and an introduction to their sounds. The text is enhanced by beautiful watercolor illustrations.
Google : Through a clever combination of illustrations and text, children quickly begin to associate animals with the different letters of the alphabet.
Listen to a sample song from Abecedario de los animales' 29 songs by clicking on the highlighted CD title below.
Abecedario de los Animales
Abecedario completo en canción (The complete ABCs)
Abecedario de los Animales
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