All of the lyrics are provided in Spanish and English in the back of the book, along with definitions of less common words, like aji, a very hot chili pepper. A map outlines Central America and identifies the countries. Also, while the book includes a CD, it also includes a code to download MP3 files for those who prefer to access the music from a computer or MP3 player.
Only four of the songs nineteen songs relate to birds, although the art frequently includes birds:
- Canciones del colibri/Songs of the Hummingbird
- El gallito/The Little Rooster
- Déjala que se vaya/Let Her Go (about a dove)
- Los pollitos/Little Chicks
Additional music selections, including Arroz con leche/Rice Pudding, Los esqueletos/Skeletons, and Rana Cucú/Cuckoo the Frog, make this a great choice for library and preschool storytime use. The music is lively and lyrics share fun vocabulary words like cinnamon and mango in Spanish and English. While not bird-related Los esqueletos/Skeletons teaches time as the skeletons eat at two, tumble down at four, and go for a ride at noon.
The pictures by Argentinian illustrator Mariana Ruiz Johnson are bright and folksy and Grupo Cántaro is a Mexican musical-vocal ensemble founded in 1979.
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy from the publisher. I receive no compensation for reviewing the book.