The Bilingual Book of Rhymes: A Book Review

The Bilingual Book of Rhymes, Songs, Stories, and Fingerplays

Authors: Pam Schiller, Rafael Lara-Alecio and Beverly J. Irby. Illustrator, Deborah Wright.

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My granddaughters and I had a grand time reading “Ellie’s party” p. 395 making the animal sounds and talking about the kinds of food that Ellie 

Elephant needed to prepare to entertain her friends. The story opens with:
Lots and lots of animals live at the zoo: animals of all kinds – elephants, gorillas, snakes, turtles, lions, and ostriches, too! … Each morning the animals all say good morning to each other- the lion roars a mighty roar, the gorilla proudly pounds his chest, the elephant trumpets a loud tune, the snake quietly hisses, the ostrich lets out a jolly laugh, and the shy little turtle pokes her tiny head in and out of her shell…

I like how the authors organized the table of contents into topics like: School Days, All About Me, My Home and Family, Friends, Seasons, My Favorite Foods, Sound and Movement, Celebrations, and other favorites topics in the early child care and education field. The section about Insects and Bugs is great for the Science Area; the book gives examples of songs and activities that are helpful for preparing lesson plans.

A child care provider in the Madison area, who won one of the books through her participation in our radio program, told me that she has been using the illustrations (simple black and white drawings) by enlarging them free hand and showing them to the children during the activities.

I also love having the materials in both English and Spanish! Posting signs in diverse languages can be a way to create awareness in a simple and fun manner. One thing I wish would come with the book is a CD with the songs (because singing is not one of my gifts). Still, the book can be lots of fun!

Book review by Romilia E. Schlueter, Bilingual Quality Improvement Specialist and host of SFTA’s weekly radio program, Apoyando Familias, Aprendiendo Juntos (Supporting Families, Learning Together).