Singing/Cantando: La Cucaracha

Lil’ Libros. Jul. 2024. 12p. Board $16.99. ISBN 9781948066464. BL.
Toddler-PreS–This new interactive board book series opener with lift-the-flap and slide features introduces little ones to one of the most popular nursery rhymes in Latin America, “La cucaracha.” A little cockroach is sad because she doesn’t have dancing shoes and a friendly cockroach helps her get new ones to join the ball. Although those familiar with the song might find the English translation confusing to sing, this bilingual edition brings a classic song with a twist to a new generation. Reyes’s bold and colorful illustrations bring to light the most adorable cockroaches readers will have ever seen. The book includes a QR code to the English and Spanish versions of the song, so readers can sing along and find their own dancing shoes.
VERDICT A raucous twist on a beloved cultural touchstone that is an obvious choice for board book collections.

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