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June 1, 2016

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Celebrate National Poetry Month with Animals and Latin American Art!

Animaletras by Chilean author Francisca Palacios is the ideal book to read during National Poetry Month. Animaletras is an alphabet book that teaches young learners about the animal kingdom, describing each animal in beautiful verse that includes useful facts about habits and habitats. The vibrant illustrations beautifully encapsulate the playfulness and vitality so common in Latin American art. One of our favorite letter-and-animal pairs is A for Águila (Eagle):

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Con el águila en el cielo
bien montada en cada ala
la a vuela, aventurera,
por los vientos inflamada.

With the eagle in the sky
saddled closely to each wing
the a takes flight, adventurous,
enflamed by the winds.

For bilingual classrooms, Animaletras opens up a world of fun creative writing exercises in Spanish and English. One great writing exercise is the acrostic, where you spell out a word vertically and use each letter as the first letter of a new word that relates to the original word. Below are acrostic poems in Spanish and English for águila and eagle.

 

Águila

Ágil

Glorioso

Único

Increíble

Líder

Aplomo

 

Eagle

Enormous

Agile

Grand

Lovely

Elegant

 

What words and rhymes can you create in English and Spanish for National Poetry Month?

 

*Club Leo en español is a proud participant in Latin@s in Kid Lit’s 2014 Reading Challenge, where contributors read and review at least one book per month with a Latino/a author or illustrator and/or Latino/a characters, settings, and themes. This is our first review for the Reading Challenge. Join us!*

About the Author: Concetta Gleason is the editorial assistant/admin coordinator for Club Leo. 

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