¡Muu, Moo! is a bilingual collection of seventeen adapted traditional poems and nursery rhymes, from Spain, Latin America, and the United States, centering around animals because the animals interest the young child. Ada and Campoy have included a few of their poems as well. Instead of tranlations, the authors include poetic renditions of the Spanish originals in English, reflecting the charm of the originals.
Ado and Campoy chose the selections for ¡Muu, Moo! based on the ability of the pieces to bridge childhood with ancestral roots for Latino children. They focused on tying the past with the present through the included works. Children who speak English only will still delight in the tender words.
Viví Escrivá's water color illustrations provide culturally rich backgrounds for the poems. The vibrancy and strength of the Latino culture is evident on each page.
Alma Flor Ada, professor Emerita at the University of San Francisco, is an internationally reknowned speaker and the author of numerous award winning children books. She has recently published her memoir, Vivir en dos idiomas. She lives in Lucas Valley, San Rafael, California.
F. Isabel Campoy is the author of numerous children's books in the areas of poetry, theatre, stories, biographies, and art. Among others, she is the recipient of Junior Guild Award, ALA Notable Book Award, San Francisco Library Award, and the 2005 Reading the World Award from the University of San Francisco.
Viví Escrivá's celebrated watercolors have graced the pages of many of Alma Flor Ada's books, including ¡Pío Peep! Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes. She lives in Spain.
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