cover image Little Chickies/Los Pollitos

Little Chickies/Los Pollitos

Susie Jaramillo. Little Pickle/Encantos (PGW, dist.), $14.95 (20p) ISBN 978-0-9969959-0-0

A classic Spanish-language nursery rhyme, “Los Pollitos Dicen,” gains an English translation in this delightful accordion-style board book. Jaramillo wisely doesn’t force the English version to hew precisely to the Spanish. The hen searches for corn and wheat for her hungry pollitos in the Spanish version (“La gallina busca/ el maíz y el trigo”), but in the English retelling she “goes and gets them/ corn, from the field.” Numerous flaps and a turn-the-wheel feature add to the fun, and Jaramillo’s sweetly cranky chicks and their loving (and slightly weary) mother should draw smiles in both versions of the story. Ages 1–4. (May)