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Arrorró, mi niño Bilingual Children’s Book Review

Bilingual Children’s Books: Arrorró, mi niño

Arrorró, mi niño is excellent book for both parents who are fluent in Spanish and those who may not be fluent.  The author, Lulu Delacre, has lovingly pieced together and illustrated this book with U.S. Latina moms in mind.

“I feel very strongly that as Latinas raise our children in the U.S. within two cultures, we must keep our traditions and folklore alive and pass them on to our young. It is the way to give children roots, especially as they learn to cherish the language and culture of the U.S.A.” ~ Lulu Delacre

The book includes 15 different Spanish lullabies and gentle games with their English translations which are brought to life by warm, inviting illustrations that are both beautiful and comforting for the littlest readers.  Delacre’s book includes classics like “Los Pollitos Dicen” and “Esta Niña Linda” which she’s collected from Latinas originally from fourteen different countries.  It has been a blessing in our home.  Neither myself nor my husband are fluent Spanish speakers and we work hard to educate ourselves in both Spanish language and Mexican culture.  This book has been such a help in adding that special Latina mom touch to our home.  I was aware of a couple of Spanish Lullabies, but honestly, I felt like a lot was missing.  This book has been a helpful extension that has brought me one step closer to instilling Latino heritage in my daughter.  It’s a wonderful way to bridge the gap and keep Spanish as part of our most loving and intimate mommy-daughter time…bedtime.

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Lulu Delacre is a native of Puerto Rico and an advocate for the preservation of Latino roots in the U.S.  As a mom raising a Latina daughter and the wife of a man who has struggled to rediscover his roots, I really respect her efforts.  Arrorró, mi niño also includes the melodies for each song at the end of the book and as an added bonus, Delacre has crafted a companion CD with the very same lullabies that provides Latina moms (or honorary Latina moms like me) with another method for learning these beautiful songs and putting them into practice.

You can learn more about this book by visiting the Lee & Low website where you can purchase the book and the companion lullaby CD, listen to the author talk about the book or visit her website.

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  • Carmen
    July 11, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I would love to add this to my multilingual Children's book library! :-)

    • Chantilly Pati&ntild
      July 15, 2011 at 5:09 am

      Thanks for the comment!  This would be a great addition!  :)

  • Charro Mojica
    July 11, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I would love to add this to our library. I am also raising bi-cultural children and encourage them to explore their Hispanic heritage. Our culture is rich and unique with folklore and religion. 

  • Drieculturen
    July 17, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Sounds interesting. I am very interested in bilingual parenting. Would love to learn more. Thanks.

  • Kandylandkurls
    July 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I'm not fluent in spanish, but my husband is, I think this would be a great book for him to read to our daughter, perfect bonding time.

  • Kandylandkurls
    July 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm

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  • TN Mami
    July 23, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    This would be a great addition to our library.

  • Sweet Dulce Life - C
    December 6, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Haivng just had a baby and living in a primarily English speaking home I am trying very hard to expose my baby to mu culture and my language. Fortunately, my parents are around me and we are able to instill the joy of being multicultural. I would very much like to win this book because I would love to share it with my son. Also, Arrorró mi Niña was one of the songs I remember my own mother singing to me and she now signs to my son. 

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