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.
I love this book for so many reasons! 1) It teaches children and parents words in Spanish, such as “squirrels” and “wind”! 2) Kids will love making the sounds they hear, like the “Chirp! Chirp!” of little birds and the “Rumble! Rumble!” of thunder. 3) It encourages children to use their sense of hearing to explore the world around them. 4) The illustrations by Dina Ashraf Helmi are adorable. In summary, children and parents will love sharing Escucha Means Listen, by Talia Aikens-Nunez, at bedtime, and then going outside the next day to identify the sounds they learned, both in English and Spanish!
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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