Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Bookworm: Escucha Means Listen by Talia Aikens-Nuñez Tour Stop, Top Ten List & Giveaway



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.










Excerpt
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.


In an apple core (The Bookworm’s version of a nutshell)
A good book for young beginners to reading and also to the Spanish language.


My Thoughts
The book is really easy to go through. It just takes a few minutes, as a good children's book should. Not knowing any Spanish at all, except for what I come across on TV, this was a lovely little way to learn a few words. The book is mostly filled page to page with illustrations and very minimal text, perfect for those impatient toddlers who can't sit still for more than those few given minutes. The illustrations by Dina Ashraf Helmi are pretty well done and very colourful so as to capture those little minds. Everything is big and bright and reminiscent of my own watercolouring day. This book is a great way for parents to bond with their children while teaching them about nature and language.


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I was also given the chance to ask Talia a question which was Top Ten Things That Inspire Your Work On A Daily Basis. Authors get inspiration from everything around them so I wanted to know what inspired Talia!

Her lovely answers were:

The first five are more about my broad based inspiration and the last 5 are more of the nuts and bolts...hope that makes sense. I should also note that I live in Connecticut and have a Pre-K child. I may be answering this differently because of that right now:

1. Love because it keeps me moving.
2. Hope because it keeps me dreaming.
3. Smiles because they keep me happy.
4. Laughter because it gives me joy.
5. My family because they give me all of the above.
6. Quiet because it makes me listen.
7. Being with nature because it allows me to understand true beauty.
8. Work because it keeps my mind active.
9. Meetings because they make me feel productive.
10. Completion of tasks because crossing things off my 'To Do' List is so satisfying.

Number 6 was perfect for this book as it was all about listening to nature and the things around you. Loved her answers!




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.



Tour Giveaway
$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash
Ends 1/21/12

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.


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