Friday, March 3, 2017

Cynthia Weill’s Enchanting Bilingual Board Book Collection

Cynthia Weill’s Enchanting Bilingual Board Book Collection

A new collection of board books, based on the popular First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art series. In Spanish & English for children 3 and older.

All five of Cynthia’s bilingual series First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art are now board books! Each book features different kinds of alebrijes―brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of wood, clay and paper mache. The figures depict magically real animals and people created by some of the greatest folk artisans in the world. And each book teaches a different concept for very young learners―ABCs, opposites, colors, counting and animals talking—in English and Spanish! 

The set includes:

ABCs in Spanish and English
Hand-painted animals by Moisés and Armando Jiménez
Board Book 978-1-941026-66-3 / 32 pages | $9.95
“An outstanding alphabet book, this is highly recommended...” —Críticas

Opposites in Spanish and English

Hand-carved and painted animals by Martin and Santiago Quirino
Board Book 978-1-941026-68-7 / 32 pages | $9.95
“Direct and charming.” —Publishers Weekly

Colors in Spanish and English

Illustrated by a variety of artists from the mountains of Oaxaca
Board Book 978-1-941026-67-0 / 32 pages | $9.95
“The sculptures are hypnotic.” —Publishers Weekly
Numbers in Spanish and English
Clay figures created and hand-painted by the famous Aguilar Sisters

Board Book 978-1-941026-70-0 / 32 pages | $9.95
“This peek into Mexico’s art and traditions is certainly one of the most joyous children will encounter.” —Kirkus Reviews

Animal Sounds in Spanish and English
Hand-carved and painted by Rubi Fuentes and Efrain Broa

Board Book 978-1-941026-69-4 / 32 pages | $9.95
“This interactive picture book is sure to be a young crowd-pleaser and storytime favorite.” —School Library Journal

Cynthia Weill is the director of the Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College in New York. She received her PhD from the Teachers College of Columbia University. She is trained as an art historian and has worked as both an educator and art historian. She works with folk artists from around the world to illustrate basic concepts for children. She lives in New York City.

Praise for the First Concepts Collection

“These five adorable bilingual concept books introduce the littlest learners to the alphabet, colors, counting, opposites and animal sounds.” —De Colores

“A beautiful, playful, child-centric approach to language learning.” —Kirkus Reviews


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