This anthology of original poems for young children by Isabel and Alma Flor includes some of their favorites. This collection grew out of our desire to share with children in their first years of schooling a love for words, for rhythm and rhyme, and to open for them the door to discover poetry in everyday life.
Award winning illustrator Claudia Legnazzi complements this book with her vibrant and delightful creations.
Poetry is a child’s best friend. A poem is a treasure that can remain with us forever. New words, new structures, new images, ideas, values and reflections can be part of the poem’s gift. Rhyme, rhythm or cadence will facilitate remembering it.
A poem a day is an infallible prescription for an engaging classroom and happy children.
Facilitating access of children to poetry has been one of my life quests.
Alma Flor and I have published a series of seven anthologies of poetry in Spanish as part of the Cielo abierto Series: Gorrión gorrión, La rama azul, Verde limón, Dulce es la sal, Nuevo día, Huertos de Coral and Ríos de lava. We are delighted to have included there poetry from the best poets from the Spanish-speaking world. As well as the poetry series of Gateways to the Sun / Puertas al sol which includes four volumes, in separate editions in English and in Spanish: Dreaming Fish / Pimpón, Laughing Crocodlies / Mambrú, Singing Horse / Mambrú, Flying Dragon / Chuchurumbé. The beautiful presentation of these books, where the artistic illustrations are a worthy companion to the poems gives both Alma Flor and myself immense satisfaction.
Recently we have published a series of books of rhymes from the oral tradition in bilingual editions, in order that English speakers can also get to know and enjoy our folklore: ¡Pío Peep! and MuuMoo are collections of rhymes. Merry Navidad is a collection of villancicos or Christmas carols, and Ten Little Puppies / Diez perritos a book inspired on a traditional popular rhyme.
Salta, saltarín is a new addition to this world of poetry all children should have access to.