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Cada Nino / Every Child

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Hinojosa puts her clear voice and loving childhood memories to good use in this bilingual songbook and music CD. The catchy tunes, carefully annotated in the illustrated songbook, will appeal to a wide range of ages. Songs such as the lullaby “Señora Santa Ana,” are truly beautiful in Hinojosa’s a cappella rendition. Colorful and animated, the lavishly illustrated songbook is a pleasure to peruse. While children pore over the many details of the pictures, parents and teachers can check on the musical notes and guitar chords. Highly recommended for school libraries, classroom use, and public libraries. Bookstores should also do a brisk business selling this set to Mexican American communities.
Publishers Weekly
Those wishing to expand their repertoire will appreciate the 11 original songs collected by Tish Hinojosa in both English and Spanish in Cada Niño/Every Child: A Bilingual Songbook for Kids, illus. by Lucia Angela Perez.

Melody line, guitar chords and piñata-bright mixed-media folk art provide lively accompaniment.
Gr. 3-6. Hinojosa has gathered 11 traditional, original, and adapted songs to celebrate both Hispanic culture and universal experiences and feelings. A brief author's note in English and Spanish prefaces the music, with chords and melody, and verses in both languages. The English translations are occasionally awkward, but the feelings behind them shine through. "Siempre Abuelita / Always Grandma" poignantly recalls "all my life I'll be / full of love, I won't forget / that you have given me"; "Escala Musical / Music Scale" is a traditional Texan-Mexican do-re-mi tune; the playful "El Baile Vegetal / The Barnyard Dance" describes the secret life of vegetables. Lovely, bright, folk-art illustrations, brimming with pattern play and whimsical details, create magical worlds of familiar objects and experiences as they incorporate cultural elements. A chord index is appended. Adult help may be necessary, as kids must read music to sing along; a CD is available for separate purchase.

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