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Tortillas and Lullabies / Tortillas y cancionitas

Tortillas and Lullabies / Tortillas y cancionitas

1998 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Author: Lynn Reiser
Illustrator: Corazones Valientes
ISBN: 0-688-14628-7
Hardcover Price: $16.00
In Spanish and English, this simple text celebrates the continuity of family traditions: making tortillas, picking flowers, washing clothes and singing the same lullaby through four generations. The repetition of familiar domestic chores from great-grandmother to grandmother to mother to child – always the same and yet different in different generations – is comforting. The bonus at the end is the words and music of the lullaby – in Spanish and English – that happily remains exactly the same down through the years. A lovely bi-lingual experience that is enhanced by bold, bright pictures by six Costa Rican women artists celebrating their tropical landscape and their rapidly changing life style. For Spanish-speaking children learning English, or vice versa, the repetition of words and phrases makes comprehension almost painless.
Selma G. Lanes   ©1998 Parents' Choice

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