The Baby Chicks Sing

Los pollitos dicen

About the Book

Authors: Nancy Abraham Hall and Jill Syverson-Stork
Illustrator: Kay Chorao
Genre: Children's
Topic: Traditional Games, Nursery Rhymes, and Songs from Spanish-Speaking Countries
Awards: Illustration awards

Syverson-Stork, J., & Hall, N. A. (1994). The baby chicks sing: Los pollitos dicen. (1st ed., p. 14,15,17,25). New York, Boston: Little, Brown and Company.

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About the Illustrator

Kay Chorao

Ann McKay Sproat is the true name of this wonderful illustrator. Chorao is the illustrator of many books and also the owner of numerous illustration awards. She was born in India in 1936 and has made many accomplishments throughout her life. She has illustrated over 60 books and also works as an artist.


Chocolate Hot Chocolate pg 15

I thought this picture did a great job of bringing the Spanish culture out of the book. On one cup there is chocolate written in English, and the other cup it is written in Spanish. Also the outfits of the children in the illustration show what a child from this culture may wear such as the dresses or sombreros. It allows one to understand the song by looking at the picture and visualizing what the song means. On the bottom it also gives a little insight of what the person singing the song would be doing such as whipping a cup of hot chocolate into froth using a wooden whisk. Since this is children singing the song, it is very colorful and child oriented making it very pleasurable to look at.


Diverse Language

The book uses both English and Spanish throughout each page. For each song, there is a version in English, and Spanish so that one may know what the song is in Spanish. Also at the bottom of certain pages there is a description of what the illustration is to represent written in both English and Spanish. For example on page 17 the description says "A girl strolls by a group of seated children and chooses a boy to dance with her." It also says "Se sientan los ninos y pasa una nina cantanado. Esta senala a un nino que sake a bailar con ella," having the same meaning in Spanish.


The illustrations on this book do a wonderful job of representing the true Spanish culture. Specifically on page 14 there is a mother, father, and little girl represented. They are dancing around flipping Tortillas, which is a Mexican style food, and also what the song is about. It has the father wearing a sombrero, and the mother and little girl in detailed, colorful dresses, which is part of the unique Spanish culture. each illustration is a representation of what the song is about, showing the Spanish culture and providing us with information about the song meaning.

Culture Character

The culture characters are represented in many ways throughout this book. It shows children and adults, as well as what those characters would do in this culture setting. It shows the beautiful land that this culture possess, as well as the hard work they must go through to survive and proved for themselves and their families. The gender roles are also presented by showing the men at work and the women providing for the family at home. For example on page 25 it shows a man out working and little girls playing with each other enjoying themselves.