Escucha Means Listen
by Talia Aikens-Nuñez
Since my boy loves reading so much, and because he is becoming just as tech-savvy as me, we have been enjoying more and more ebooks, as well as holding on to our favorite paper books as well. Although he could probably hear the same story over and over for weeks on end, I love when I can introduce him to a new character and a new story. He always has so many questions and is just a curious little sponge. When that new story has a new lesson (or a new language!) to learn, that is even more of a bonus.
Escucha Means Listen by Talia Aikens-Nuñez has just that, a fun new story, and a learning experience as well. There is not a detailed story in this book, so it reads similar to a younger child’s book, but it has the Spanish words for many things that this little girl comes across. She is listening to sounds, asking what they are, and then telling you the Spanish word for that thing. Of course, my boy noticed that the little girl has a ponytail and that she is cute (he’s a ladies man) so that helped.
My boy and I sounded out the Spanish words and talked about what they meant and he enjoyed it. This may be a little young for my little man, but is a perfect book for a child who is learning new words anyway.
From the mowing of the lawn to the splish-splashing of rain puddles, Talia Aikens-Nuñez’s bilingual picture book Escucha Means Listen introduces toddlers and babies to the sweet sounds around them.
Take a journey through the world—just listening. Escucha Means Listen helps children discover sounds around them in English and Spanish.
Buzz. Buzz. Qué oyes? (What do you hear?) Las abejas (The bees) circling the flowers.
Woosh. Woosh. What do you hear? El viento (The wind) is whistling by.
Shh. Shh. Qué oyes? (What do you hear?) Las hojas (The leaves) are dancing on the trees.
Talia Aikens-Nuñez wanted to be a meteorologist, a politician and a lawyer. She never thought she would be a writer. It was the birth of her daughter that caused her to start writing. Raising a bilingual child inspired Talia to write lyrical children’s books. These ‘first experience’ books introduce Spanish to children and parents too! Talia’s family loves nature so much that she and her husband vowed that they will always try to live close to water. She, her husband and daughter live on a river in Connecticut with their daughter Isabella.