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Listen to the Desert/Oye Al Desierto by Pat…

Listen to the Desert/Oye Al Desierto

by Pat Mora

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Listen to the Desert is a bilingual book that uses the power of rhymes and onomatopoeia. This can be used to enhance children's language skills in multiple ways. By using repetition on each page, children are given the opportunity to practice pronunciation skills if they're trying to learn either Spanish or English. Repeating new vocabulary several times out loud is a popular studying technique as well. The fact that this is s picture book is also helpful as students can use context clues and pictures to help break down new words or phrases both in their new and native languages. ( )
  Jacki_H | Nov 5, 2016 |
  BRCSBooks | Sep 7, 2011 |
Oye al Desierto by Pat Mora is a classical children’s picture book that teaches children about the desert. What kinds of animals live in the desert? What kinds of sounds do they make? What does the desert look like? What kinds of sounds does it make?
The book teaches children to listen closely to the distinctive sounds of a particular environment (in this case, the desert), one of the things that makes that environment special and different from others. The book is illustrated by Fransisco X. Mora in classical southwestern artistic style. The illustrations are tasteful and effectively communicate the purpose of the book’s desert theme.
  PatrickNavas | Jul 7, 2010 |
Pat Mora’s Listen to the Desert is an entertaining children’s book that helps children understand and conceptualize the desert environment and the creatures that dwell therein. With a distinctively “southwestern” artistic style, the book follows the pattern: “Listen to the desert, pon, pon, pon…Listen to the owl hoot, whoo, whoo, whoo…Listen to the coyote call, ar-ar-aooo, ar-ar-aooo.”
Both Maisy Big, Maisy Small and Listen to the Desert are amusing books that have the power to capture the interest of children and to increase their understanding of concepts like opposites and environments like the desert. They are both excellent treatments of their genres, in that they clearly help children to learn words and to understand simple concepts in a fun and entertaining way.
  PatrickNavas | Jul 5, 2010 |
Bilingual read aloud about things in the desert and the sounds they make. Top part is english, and the bottom part is spanish. ( )
  stevekep32 | Apr 22, 2010 |
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"A bilingual account of some of the animals and sounds commonly found in the Southwestern desert. Each double-page spread depicts a vast expanse of light blue sky with four lines of text--two in English and two in Spanish--on the verso, and a different creature or scene on the recto. . . . The translations are appropriate and provide an excellent opportunity to compare the sounds in the two languages. . . . The illustrations evoke Native American art in shapes and colors, and the bottoms of the pages are adorned with geometric designs. This book is a good choice for reading aloud; young audiences will enjoy the predictable, repetitive text, and its bilingual format enhances its appeal in a variety of multicultural settings."--School Library Journal

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A bilingual poem which describes some of the sounds of nature in a desert.

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