How to get baby to sleep? Mami and Papi will try anything in this bouncy, loving, bilingual lullaby that gently says good night in both Spanish and English.
Mami starts a salsa song.
Papi keeps the beat.
Baby loves this lullaby,
moves those dancing feet.
Baila, baby, baila!
Dance, dance, dance.
When nighttime falls, it's time for baby to go to sleep. In this household, that means it's also time for mama, papa, and baby to baila/dance, canta/sing, salta/jump, and more all the way to bedtime!
This bouncy bilingual text and gorgeous, inviting illustrations gently wind down to make this a bedtime favorite no matter what language families say "good night" in!
Frolicsome fun abounds in a family of three as they prepare for baby's bedtime: "Mami starts a salsa song./ Papi keeps the beat." As the trio bounces and leaps across the pages, a stereo emits a stream of music notes and bold-colored shapes implying lively meter. Meza's illustrations vibrate with movement Mami's hair and skirt perpetually swirl around her, and a shaggy dog joins in, bounding. As the mood turns drowsy, softening into snuggles and sleep, the music follows the baby into dreamland. Arena's rhyming ditty matches the tempo of the visuals and interweaves Spanish words ("Duerme, baby, duerme./ Sleep, sleep, sleep"). Though the verse can sometimes feel forced ("Mami glides across the floor./ Papi sets the pace./ Baby sings la la la,/ Makes a silly face"), lively pacing and rhythm alongside sweet images creates an enjoyable bedtime boogie. A glossary of some Spanish words used is included. Ages 3 7.