Friday, January 26, 2018

Review of the beautiful, nursery rhymes book, La Madre Goose

La Madre Goose is a beautiful, illustrated book that gives a new twist to old nursery rhymes. This twist is given by incorporating Spanish words to rhymes like This Little Cerdo went to the Market, who then stays at home and roasted carne and The Itsy Arañita, who climbed the water spout, down came la lluvia and washed la araña out.  
The integration of the Spanish words is a perfect tool to introduce the Spanish language to non-Spanish speakers. A glossary with all the Spanish words that are used in the book is appended. This glossary also includes the pronunciation of the words as well as the meaning in English.  
The words of this book are accompanied by precious illustrations which captured, perfectly, the essence of the rhymes giving the book a feeling of coziness and warmth. 
La Madre Goose won the Best Book Award, of the Chicago Public Libraries, 2016.
The author of this book is Susan Middleton Elya. Susan began writing when she was a young girl and wrote poems and songs. Before becoming a children's picture book author, Susan was a teacher. She also earned a degree in Spanish. Susan is the author of 22 pictures books. Say Hola to SpanishCowboy José, and F is or Fiesta are among her published work.

The illustrator of this book is Juana Martínez-Neal. Juana was born in Perú. She is the illustrator of La Madre Goose and La Princesa and the Pea, both written by Susan Middleton Elya. Juana was named to the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Illustration Honor list in 2014 and was awarded the SCBWI Portfolio Showcase Grand Prize in 2012.  Juana's first book as an author-illustrator will be published in English and Spanish in April 2018.

This review is part of the Multicultural Children's Book Day, to be celebrated on January 28,2018.
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Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents, and educators.

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2018 Author Sponsors Honorary Author Sponsors: Author/Illustrator Aram Kim and Author/Illustrator Juana Medina Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan Bernardo,  Author Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne Broyles,  Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports Queen,  Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and  MFL Publishing  Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham  Author Natasha Yim
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