Monday, September 3, 2018

Giveaway: The Hummingbird Sings and Dances

Today's Back-to-School Fiesta giveaway is for those of you with little children. You know how much I love children's books that feature folktales or nursery rhymes from Latin America. I have shared so many here on MommyMaestra over the years. That's because young children learn so much from songs. Research shows that music has many benefits for children, including how it can improve literacy and numeracy skills, develop vocabulary, improve coordination, lift a child's mood, and increase a child's sensory development. (Read more about the benefits of music for children here and here.)

So, of course, I was absolutely delighted to be contacted by my friends at Sugar Mountain PR about the new bilingual musical picture book, The Hummingbird Sings and Dances: Latin American Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes (aff link).

This beautiful book contains 19 nursery rhymes and lullabies from 17 Latin American countries. Of course, there are the beloved traditional ones such as Los pollitos and Arroz con leche, but there are also some I remember from my own childhood and haven't heard in - ahem - many, many years, such as Naranja dulce and A la rorro niño. Cuba, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Venezuela, and Bolivia are just some of the countries represented in this lovely book.

All of the text is presented in both English and Spanish, but the songs themselves are only sung in Spanish. The songs are sung by the Mexican musical-vocal ensemble, Grupo Cantaro, who do a truly remarkable job of making the songs engaging with background sounds that supplement the music and the lyrics.

Another nice thing is that the back of the book contains the complete lyrics to the songs on the CD so you can sing along! And there is a map of Latin America included at the back of the book. Both of these make it easier to incorporate this book into a lesson plan.

The musical selection and the illustrations are all done by Mariana Ruiz Johnson and they are fabulous. The illustrations are so fun and vibrant. Children will love sitting and looking through this picture book while listening to the CD, or while a parent (or abuelita!) reads and sings to them.

If this book sounds like the perfect fit for your family or classroom, check out the giveaway below. And visit the publisher - The Secret Mountain - website for more books.

The Giveaway

The Secret Mountain publishing company has graciously offered a copy of this beautiful book to two (2) MommyMaestra readers! If you are caring for a baby, toddler, preschooler, or child in elementary school this school year, this would be a fantastic addition to your day.

To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter below.

¡Buena suerte!

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  1. For music education we mostly listen in the car and when we have dance parties to "reset." But I have, at times, done lessons w/ Maestro Classics and those have been very well loved. Also, particularly for our Spanish nursery rhymes, we just sing them together throughout the day.

  2. I help my son practice piano- and we try to sing and dance when we can!

  3. We sure sing LOTS of songs in my Spanish language immersion prek classroom and in my car with my own bilingual daughters!! It’s one of the easiest ways to keep our mother language alive when living in a foreign country.

  4. My little one has a speech speech delay and we have noticed that the easiest way to for him to learn is song and dance! It encourages him to speak and to enjoy learning!

  5. Thank you for such a nice give away. rhymes and folk poems and songs are such a fun way to learn Spanish and keep the culture going!

  6. We use music all day long in our Spanish Immersion kinder class. We start the day with music during whole group time and end the day with music as we tell our friends Ádios. I also send the songs we are working on to the families weekly so they can practice at home. Music definitely helps those who are a little more timid feel more comfortable when using the language at first. What little kid doesn't like music?? Thank you for doing this giveaway.

  7. We use flocabulary videos and the kids really get into it. I think they forget they are learning!

  8. What a wonderful opportunity. I work with families and try to reinforce healthy habits with literacy. As parents and children make their way in to the classroom, we have music playing as it creates a positive and welcoming environment.

  9. Awesome giveaway! This website is a Godsend - I am trying my hardest to raise my daughter bilingual!

  10. Such a helpful resource to teach kids about musical diversity within Latin american countries. Excited to be able to use it with my kids and students!

  11. Music is such an important tool for teaching. This resource would be of great help for homeschooling my two daughters this year.


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