When it comes to having fun, everyone speaks the same language!
"Old MacDonald Had a Farm" goes multicultural in this rollicking Spanish-English rendition. An abundance of onomatopoeia and tongue-twisters encourages children to laugh and sing along. The colorful illustrations perfectly match the silly text, comparing the two farms and their playful, singing animals.
The barnyard animals on Old MacDonald's and Señor Pancho's farms have a hard time communicating. MacDonald's rooster says cock-a doodle-doo! while Señor Pancho's gallo says quiquiriquí. The English-speaking chick says peep, peep, but el pollito says pio, pio. Then the cow says moo—and la vaca says mu! Maybe they're not so different after all! The animals come together for a barnyard fiesta in a celebration of languages.
A pronunciation guide is included for readers and teachers. This book was awarded Bank Street’s Book of the Year.
About the Author
René Colato Laínez is an award-winning author born in El Salvador. He currently lives in Southern California where he teaches kindergartners in a bilingual classroom. Other titles by René Colato Laínez include ¡Vámonos! Let’s Go! and Mamá the Alien.
Elwood Smith has illustrated more than a dozen books for children, including Zoo Ah-choooo by Peter Mandel. A guitar player, Smith has written songs and two musicals. He lives in the Hudson River Valley.