Book Review of Pimpón, Libro para cantar y jugar
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The Children’s Book Review
What to Expect: Spanish language children’s song with descriptions of everyday activities
Pimpón is a beloved Spanish language character that has enchanted children for generations. The lilting song that has been sung in countless classrooms in many Spanish-speaking countries tells the story of a paper doll that is getting ready for school. He washes his face, packs his lunch, and takes the bus. He happily arrives at school to spend another day with his friends learning new things. After a fun-filled day, Pimpón returns home to relax and get ready for bed.
In this new depiction, Pimpón appears as a cardboard cutout with curly hair and colorful clothing. He goes about his daily ablutions with a smile, looking forward to his day. Readers will be able to infer the meaning of the lyrics from the fun illustrations while also drawing connections to their own school day practices. At the end of the book, author Yolanda Borrás includes many fun bilingual activities for children to continue to practice their Spanish. The activities include vocabulary cards and counting games among others.
Pimpón is a fun book to introduce young children to a timeless children’s song while building their vocabulary and interest in Spanish-language themes.
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About the Author
Dominican author Yolanda Borrás, founder of I’m Bilingual! Languages Through Music ®, has dedicated her professional life to early childhood education. Through I’m Bilingual! Yolanda offers resources and tools to develop music and language skills in children from an early age, because all children deserve the opportunity to be happy and enjoy a meaningful life. Yolanda earned a Bachelor of Music from the Johns Hopkins U. Peabody Conservatory and a Master of Educational Administration from Columbia U. Teachers College. She works as an educational consultant, teacher trainer, cultural and business manager. Her collection of children’s music and picture song books have been awarded internationally.
Visit her website, https://www.imbilingual.com/, for more information.
About the Illustrator
David Hicock graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in Illustration. His first jobs after college included advertising art, designing museum publications, and as the staff artist for 35 libraries in Onondaga County, NY. He has illustrated numerous books.
In 1983, together with three other partners, David became one of the founders of the animation business Animotion Inc. Still going today, it has garnered awards and done work in almost every venue of animation, from feature work to web animation. As a partner in Animotion Inc., David has completed various projects for national clients. His role in these projects has ranged from the director, animation director, character designer, and animator. David has taught animation at Syracuse University since 1988. Throughout his career, David has never stopped drawing and painting. He has had several one-man shows.
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