Lulu Delacre collects and illustrates comforting lullabies, in Spanish and English, in Arrorro, Mi Nino: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games. The rhythmic poems-presented side by side in both languages-also offer a line of simple instructions for how to play games with each. The end of the book provides sheet music (with arrangements by Cecilia Esquivel and Diana Saez) so youngsters can sing along with the rhymes. Full-bleed spreads and panel illustrations convey many tender moments, such as toddlers sleeping on luminous clouds set against a rich blue sky in "Lindo Angelitos" ("Lovely Little Angels"). Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Intended to be used by adults as they sing young children to sleep, this book presents 15 lullabies and fingerplays collected from 14 different countries. Fingerplay instructions, where applicable, are printed underneath the rhymes in italics. The short, rhythmic compositions are accompanied by large watercolor illustrations showing Hispanic mothers and children. Warm colors and nurturing situations work well with the rhythms of the lullabies to produce a reassuring whole. Music for the melodies is given for 11 of the offerings, scored for the original Spanish versions, but with English translations given in the wide left margin. While this is a sound enough offering, it suffers in comparison to Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy's aP'o Peep! (HarperCollins, 2003), which is more engagingly illustrated and boasts inspired English translations that use truly poetic approximations to retain the sense of the original. More often than not, Delacre is completely literal in her translations, which results in an English version that seems stiff and unappealing; the lyrics have the flatness of bald statement rather than the rhythm of a lullaby. Still, there is room for this title in most collections that serve Latino populations. It could be added to such venerable standards as Jose-Luis Orozco's Diez deditos (Dutton, 1997) or Margot C. Griego's Tortillitas para Mama and Other Nursery Rhymes (Holt, 1981) to offer parents an intriguing set of rhymes for rocking their toddlers to sleep. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Warm illustrations with earth-toned backgrounds and more brightly dressed characters provide settings for this collection of 15 Spanish-language nursery rhymes. Delacre offers an English version of each rhyme-most in free rather than rhyming verse; some more literal than others-and, at the back, musical settings for 11 of them. Several are pat-a-cake-style rhymes, involving hand movements and basic rhythms. Others end with a child-pleasing tickle under the arm, and others are for soothing hurts or preparing a child for bed. Given the mostly free-verse settings of the English versions, these will be more useful as guides for non- or limited-Spanish speakers who want to use the Spanish, rather than as free-standing poems for chanting together. A tender collection, most welcome for the home and perhaps also appropriate for some daycare or lapsit settings. (Poetry. 0-5)