KidTunes/Lit: Un Pato en Nueva York – Book and CD
In accordance with the Truth in Reviewing Act of 2011 (enacted just this morning), this review must include the following advisory: Bob no habla español. In fact: Bob entiende muy poco español. For those of you who are in the same linguistic boat, “Bob does not speak Spanish”; in fact, “Bob understands very little Spanish.” (Translations provided by Spanishdict.com.)
Connie Kaldor is a brave (and talented) woman. Following the award-winning A Duck in New York City with Un Pato en Nueva York, Kaldor has taken the charming story of a duck who finds itself in a very strange environment and turned it into an adventure en español, with the help of translator Yanitzia Canetti. With colorful illustrations augmented by a little bit of this and that (wire, buttons) by Fil & Julie, this story of a little duck with big dreams reminds us of one very important thing, “Si, yo puedo” (“Yes, I can”).
Released by The Secret Mountain and somewhat reminiscent of Swing Café, Un Pato en Nueva York is available in two formats: a storybook/music CD set or as a Digipak CD. Both include printable files of the original lyrics, illustrations, and music charts. The twelve songs heard on the original English CD have been translated to Spanish, and the CD begins with a reading of the book, allowing children to read along.
You may think that being unilingual is a disadvantage (or as I do, an embarrassment), but Un Pato en Nueva York proves that it has its advantages. After all, doesn’t “La opera e las babosas” sound so much more appealing than “Slug Opera”?
Connie Kaldor wrote the story, lyrics, and music, and Ines Canepa sings lead vocals on Un Pato en Nueva York. Other songs on the CD cover such important topics of interest to kids as belly buttons, noses, clouds, alligators, and laundry bags. It’s all heaps of fun and recommended for both Spanish speakers and those learning the language.