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redstarJaramillo, Susie. Los Pollitos/Little Chickies. illus. by Susie Jaramillo. 11p. (Canticos). Encante Pr. Apr. 2016. Board $14.99. ISBN 9780996995900. BL Los Pollitos

Toddler-PreS –An accordion-style board book featuring one of the most well-known Spanish songs for children. In this classic nursery song of the Spanish-speaking world, little chicks go, “!Pio! !pio! !pio!” when they are hungry and when they are cold; mother hen finds food for them and keeps them warm. Snuggled up under her wings, they sleep until the next day. In a clever use of the format—one side is the Spanish version, the other the English adaptation—neither language takes precedence over the other. In a nod to its origin, the English adaptation still has the chicks squealing in Spanish. The simple, brightly colored cartoon-style illustrations, boldly outlined in black, stand out against a white background. With every page turn, there are flaps to open and even a wheel that will send mother hen’s legs spinning off to find food, making it a fully immersive and interactive reading experience. This sturdy volume comes in a case, all the better to hold those accordion pages with. With so many books translating English songs into Spanish, it is a rare treat to have one with an original Spanish song, especially when it is so engagingly done. VERDICT Little ones and their grown-ups will love singing and reading this book together. A perfect choice for bilingual storytimes.–Lucia Acosta, Children’s Literature Specialist, NJ

This review was published in the School Library Journal June 2016 issue.

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