Animal Talk

Mexican Folk Art Animal Sounds in English and Spanish

By: Cynthia Weill
Illustrator: Rubí Fuentes and Efraín Broa
Listen to the sounds in the world of animals! We got Meow and Miau. Animals chatter in Spanish and English.


Listen to the sounds in the world of animals! We got Meow and Miau. Animals chatter in Spanish and English.
  Did you know that animals that live in one country don't always talk the same language as animals from somewhere else? Take a rooster, for instance. In English-speaking countries, he says cock-a-doodle-doo when he has a notion to announce himself or to greet the dawn. But in Spanish-speaking countries, he says ki-kiri-ki. Emerging readers will delight in identifying the animals depicted on each new page. And the bilingual text invites parent and child into an interactive and playful reading experience for acting out animal sounds in English and Spanish. Craftsman Rubí Fuentes and Efraín Broa from the Mexican state of Oaxaca fill the pages of Animal Talk with vibrant, wildly imaginative figures of familiar animals. Animal Talk is the fifth book in Cynthia Weill's charming First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art series. It is her passion to promote the work of artisans from around the world through early concept books.

Awards and Accomodations

Críticas Top Bilingual Books
Blue Ribbon Books of 2009, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books at the University of Illinois in Champaign

3 reviews for Animal Talk

  1. Kirkus Reviews
    A beautiful, playful, childcentric approach to language learning—and if it spawns conversations about dialects, so much the better.

  2. School Library Journal
    This interactive picture book is sure to be a young crowd-pleaser and storytime favorite.

  3. De Colores: The Raza Experience in Books for Children
    Animal Talk: Mexican Folk Art Animal Sounds in English and Spanish, probably the most beautiful and detailed animals and insects in the series, demonstrate how sounds from everyday animals and insects (roosters, kitties, fish, goats, tigers, cows, horses, dogs, frogs, piggies, lions, snakes, turkeys, and owls) make sounds that may or may not be pronounced differently in two languages. For example, Roosters say Cock-a-Doodle-Doo. Can you? / Los gallos dicen Ki-Kiri-Ki. ¿Puedes tú? But fish say “glub-glub” in both languages. And the humor is sometimes slyly tucked in for the benefit of children who may be bilingual: Turkeys say Gobble Gobble / Los pavos dicen Gordo Gordo (!) The back cover, which may be my favorite, clearly and hilariously demonstrates how and why this all works: Sometimes they’re talking to you. / A veces me están hablando a mí.—Beverly Slapin

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