A book-and-music combo that grows on you
The Hummingbird Sings and Dances, published in 2018, continues to garner positive reviews. This musical picture book featuring 19 time-tested traditional nursery rhymes and lullabies in Spanish originating from 17 Latin American countries, includes warm, colourful illustrations by Mariana Ruiz Johnson supported by lively vocal performances by Mexico’s Grupo Cantaro.
The musical CD included with the book really rounds out the collection with catchy rhythms and lovely singing, allowing children to listen, dance, read, and examine artwork, making it a well-rounded title for little music enthusiasts…A really wonderful way to introduce children to music from many Latin American cultures and to get the whole family dancing. – KIRKUS REVIEWS
This is a charming and unique little book made for children. That being said, this grown-up loved this book and welcomed its addition to my library. – SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW
Another eye-catching musical picture book from The Secret Mountain, the Canada-based press specializing in a marriage of diverse music, art, and storytelling. – PARENTS’ CHOICE AWARDS
It would easily fit into bilingual storytimes and lessons about other cultures. – KIDS RHYTHM AND ROCK
The book is a work of art: exploring the music, rhymes, lullabies and artwork from the esteemed Latin American culture. I highly recommend this new book-CD combo. – STORYWRAPS
The collection is beautifully presented, and bound to appeal to native and non-native Spanish speakers alike. – EAT THE MARSHMALLOW
This book is a really wonderful way to introduce children to music from many Latin American cultures and to get the whole family dancing. We really enjoyed this musical book. – CATS IN THE CRADLE
Listen to excerpts of the recordings here.