La Madre Goose

La Madre Goose: Nursery Rhymes for Los Niños (2016) by Susan Middleton Elya and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal


As its title suggests, La Madre Goose is a mashup of English and Spanish based on 18 classic nursery rhymes. This is a delightful new book of nursery rhymes for young children. At the front of the book is a glossary of the Spanish words with a pronunciation guide. The illustrations are done in charming pastels. The Spanish words are printed in a bold font. This treatment of the rhymes changes the meanings somewhat, but the gist is the same.


Peter, Peter Calabaza


Peter, Peter Calabaza

Got a wife for his new casa

When she saw the round casita,

She repainted it—bonita!



Young Juan Ramon


Young Juan Ramon

Sat en el rincon,

Eating his green guacamole.

He put in his dedo,

Pulled out a tomato,

And said, “Bring me rice and frijoles!

Posted by GailC on September 12, 2016