Flutter and Hum/ Aleteo Y Zumbido: Animal Poems/ Poemas de Animales by Julie Paschkis caught my eye because of it's striking cover. I don't speak Spanish but I was intrigued by the design of the book. As I started reading I realized how Ms Paschkis had seamlessly combined words and pictures. I love how the illustrations have words intermingled to further clarify the poems. It is this mingling of words and pictures that made me truly love this book. This is the kind of book that is perfect for the classroom. I could see each spread being made into a poster for display. The fact that each poem is also in Spanish is an added bonus. It is not necessary for someone to read Spanish and it is also not necessary for someone to read English in order to enjoy this beautiful book.
It is a perfect gift for not just bilingual families to read together at bedtime or anytime. Most children I know love animals and this book makes a great introduction to the animal world. The poems are whimsical and soothing at the same time. A beautiful edition to any child's or classroom library.