Escucha Means Listen
From the mowing of the lawn to the splish-splashing of rain puddles, Talia Aikens-Nuñez’s bilingual picture book Escucha Means Listen introduces toddlers and babies to the sweet sounds around them.
Take a journey through the world—just listening. Escucha Means Listen helps children discover sounds around them in English and Spanish.
Buzz. Buzz. Qué oyes? (What do you hear?)
Las abejas (The bees) circling the flowers.
Woosh. Woosh. What do you hear?
El viento (The wind) is whistling by.
Shh. Shh. Qué oyes? (What do you hear?)
Las hojas (The leaves) are dancing on the trees.
And now for my review:
Escucha Means Listen by Talia Aikens-Nunez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I wish I had kids around when I read Escucha Means Listen. I thought it was a cute book with fun illustrations. I’m picky about art, and I liked the color contrasts, focal points, and highlights. My favorite was the light coming through the leaves.
As for the text, it made a great way to teach Spanish along with good listening skills. However, I know very little Spanish and have forgotten most of my high school French, so I’m still not sure I got the words right. I would recommend a pronunciation guide either up front or at the bottom of each page for each word introduced.
Repetition is an important part of learning, whether for children or adults. And a neighborhood provides a familiar setting, making it easier for children to identify an old word and match it with a new one. The book focuses on nouns, not the sounds, but who or what makes them. The sounds come from nature such as wind and rain, life such as insects, animals,and people,and objects like bells and machines.
I liked the message of listening even better than the bilingual aspect. It would be nice if more of us learned the value of keeping our mouths shut long enough to hear and enjoy what’s going on around us. I’ll try to remember that the next time I hear bees buzzing.
Author Talia Aikens-Nuñez
Talia Aikens-Nuñez wanted to be a meteorologist, a politician and a lawyer. She never thought she would be a writer. It was the birth of her daughter that caused her to start writing. Raising a bilingual child inspired Talia to write lyrical children’s books. These ‘first experience’ books introduce Spanish to children and parents too! Talia’s family loves nature so much that she and her husband vowed that they will always try to live close to water. She, her husband and daughter live on a river in Connecticut with their daughter Isabella.
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