Wednesday, April 29, 2020

"Escucha Means Listen" by Talia Aikens-Nuñez

Escucha Means Listen
by Talia Aikens-Nuñez

Escucha Means Listen by Talia Aikens-Nuñez

Escucha Means Listen, a bilingual children’s picture book by Talia Aikens-Nuñez, is currently on tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. The tour stops here today for my review, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

For more books by this author, please check out my blog post on OMG... I Did It Again?! and my blog post on Colors of the Sun and Moon.

Take a journey through the world - just listening. Escucha Means Listen helps children discover sounds around them in both English and Spanish. A beautiful picture book with lyrical prose and delightful illustrations, from lawn mowing to the splish-splashing of rain puddles.

Buzz. Buzz. Qué oyes?
(What do you hear?)
Las abejas (the bees)
circling the flowers.

Praise for the Book
“I would have loved to have had this book when my kids and grandkids were small.” ~ Patricia aka Mamaw
“I love the concept behind this cute little picture book! I personally think it is a great idea to expose children to as many cultures and languages as possible when they are young and still little sponges welcoming in knowledge.” ~ Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf
Eschucha Means Listen is lyrical, with a repetitive prose that will make it easy to read as your child grows.” ~ cheryl c malandrinos
“My 4 year old daughter loves the illustrations in Escucha Means Listen.” ~ Chantilly Patiño
“This is a great book for introducing children to a second language. It takes sounds that are familiar and presents the words for them in both English and Spanish.” ~ Teresa Kander

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.

By Lynda Dickson
The little girl in this book takes us on an auditory walk around her neighborhood, teaching us Spanish at the same time. We hear the harsh sounds of the ambulance, the truck, men hammering on the roof, the neighbor mowing her lawn, the dogs barking at the cat, and the church bells ringing. Then comes the thunder, followed by the rain and the splashing of children in the puddles. When the sky clears, we hear the sounds of nature: the birds start singing, the squirrels run up the tree, the bees buzz around the flowers, the wind whistles by, and the leaves rustle in the trees.
This delightful book is full of the colors, sights, and sounds of humans and nature. As an added bonus, we learn key words in Spanish. The colorful illustrations by Dina Ashraf Helmi depict these words and bring the story to life. I love how the girl in the book looks like the author!
This book would make a lovely addition to any child’s library.
A list of the Spanish words introduced in the story would be useful at the end of the book. 

About the Author
Talia Aikens-Nuñez
Talia Aikens-Nuñez wanted to be a meteorologist, a politician and a lawyer. She never thought she would be an author. It was the birth of her daughter that caused her to start writing. Raising a bilingual child inspired Talia to write multicultural children’s books.
Talia’s family loves nature so much that she and her husband vowed that they will always try to live close to water. She and her family live in Connecticut with a little pond.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon/B&N gift card.


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