At the Crazy Gibberish workshop in Bend, I spoke to VIlma, a librarian and a minister, who uses storytelling in both her jobs. Many of her listeners are Latino, and she was interested in finding good bilingual stories and story stretches. There are many bilingual story stretches with action, catchy rhythms, and lyrics that are fun and easy to learn.
Here is a list of some of my favorite collections:
Arrorro, Mi Nino: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games, Lulu Delacre.
Dona Blanca and Other Hispanic Nursery Rhymes and Games, Isabel Schon.
Los Pollitos Dicen: The Baby Chicks Sing, Nancy Abraham Hall and Jill Syverson-Stork.
The Complete Book of Rhymes, Songs, Poems, Fingerplays, and Chants, Jackie Silberg and Pam Schiller.
Diez Deditos: Ten Little Fingers and Other Play Rhymes and Action Songs from Latin America, Jose-Luis Orozco.
Fiestas: a Year of Latin American Songs of Celebration, Jose-Luis Orozco.
For bilingual storytelling, Olga Loya and Joe Hayes are well known, and they both have written books with bilingual stories. You can find Olga Loya's books, Momentos Magicos, Magic Moments, and Tio Conejo, on her website (www.olgaloya.com). Joe's books, The NIght It Snowed Tortillas and Watch Out for Clever Women! are just two of his many bilingual publications.
When I was in third grade at Newton School Elementray, a white-haired senora would teach us Spanish for fifteen minutes once a week. After more than forty years, I still remember the following story stretch. It is fun to do, and easy to learn:
RIMA DE CHOCLATE
Uno, dos, tres, CHO-(cuente con los dedos de la mano)
Unoc, dos, tres, CO-
Uno, dos, tres, LA-
Uno, dos, tres, TE
Bate, bate chocolate.
One, two, three, CHO-(count with fingers)
One, two, three, CO-
One, tow, three, LA-
One, two, three, TE.
Stir, stir the chocolate. (rub hands together as if beating the chocolate)
From: TORTILLAS PARA MAMA AND OTHER NURSERY RYHMES/SPANISH AND ENGLISH, Margot C. Griego, Betsy L. Bucks, Sharon S. Gilbert, Laurel H. Kimball.