Blog Tour and Giveaway: Escucha Means Listen, by Talia Aikens-Nunez and Dina Ashraf Helmi (Illustrator)

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Escucha Means Listen

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.

My Review:
I always love seeing books that involve or teach another language.  My kids enjoy reading them and learning new words.  Escucha Means Listen is a fun book to read for that reason.  There are a lot of Spanish words in this book that you don’t see in other children’s books.  It was fun to learn the words for things that are around us all the time.  

There is no story going on here, just a girl experiencing the world around her.  The way it is written is engaging, and all of the Spanish words are repeated in English in parenthesis, which is very helpful. 

The Illustrations: I love the artwork.  Picture books can only be successful if both the writing and the art come together to complete the story.  Helmi’s art is bright and warm, perfect for the writing.

Author Ten’s List:
What are ten things that your readers probably don’t know about you?

1. I am a huge football fan.
2. I am (usually) a Pescatarian: I eat fish but not meat, usually.
3. I love seltzer water.
4. I have an obsession with Christmas music. I like to start playing it on November 1st.
5. I love to garden. If I lived in a warmer climate I would grow most of my food.
6. I could survive on just cheese alone.
7. I have very bad allergies but I love dogs.
8. I can stare at a body of water for hours on end. It does not matter if it is a pond, river, lake or ocean I can become hypnotized by it.
9. I wear flip flops for as long as I can into the Fall.

10. I love getting pedicures.


Author Talia Aikens-Nuñez  

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.

Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 1/21/12

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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  • Reply
    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)
    January 14, 2013 at 1:30 am

    I don't know if I use an Amazon gift code? I'm guessing if I have a Amazon account it still works? Anyways, I also like books that teach another language. I could never learn spanish anyways but it's still nice.
    lol. I could never survive on cheese alone. I actually don't like cheese on sandwiches or hamburgers. Any of the ones that come in slices. My family thinks I'm weird.

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    January 17, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Sorry, I didn't realize that the rafflecopter code wasn't working. It's fixed now.

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