Childrens Book Review & Giveaway: Escucha Means Listen by Talia Aikens-Nunez

Posted January 9, 2013 by Melissa in Book promo, Book Review, Giveaway | 4 Comments


Title: Escucha Means Listen
Author: Talia Aikens-Nunez
Illustrator: Dina Ashraf Helmi
Reading level: Childrens Picture Book

Release Date: November 30th 2012
Publisher:  Musa Publishing
Find the Book: Goodreads | Amazon | Publisher

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.


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.

I love the concept behind this cute little picture book!  I personally think it is a great idea to expose children to as many cultures and languages as possible when they are young and still little sponges welcoming in knowledge.  I also love nature and adored most of the sounds that the little girl heard:) The sprinkling of Spanish was just enough to expose little ears to a new tongue and teach a few fun words without overwhelming and the illustrations were extremely colorful and fun and lent a great air to each page as  surroundings were explored and everything there was to hear was listened to.   Overall a cute, fun and educational read for young ones! I could find no fault with the book except that I feel as with all picture books it would be much better received by a child in print than as an e-book!
4.5 Timepieces!

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.

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4 responses to “Childrens Book Review & Giveaway: Escucha Means Listen by Talia Aikens-Nunez

  1. LOVE that this book has a little Spanish worked in! I didn’t learn a language until high school, and despite taking 4 years of it, I hardly know anything. I can read it better than I can speak it, but even reading it I’m extraordinarily limited. I’m definitely getting this for me nieces, thanks Melissa!

  2. At my daughters school they start teaching Spanish in kindergarten. Its a new thing and she missed out her first three years, but we have SO many Spanish and Russian speaking families here, I think its awesome! Some schools do Spanish and others Russian so you can drive your kid to the other school for classes if you want them to learn both. I think its good to start them young.
    My nephew is half Mexican so his mom is always trying to remember to teach him about Mexican heritage. His father isn’t in the picture so its up to her. I think this book is one they would like since they are both trying to learn Spanish. Definitely need it in print though!

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