with stories in English and Spanish
told by Lilli
music by Ann Lehmann
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This is a CD of English and Spanish stories. The suggested
age range is 4 years to 11 years old although I have had two
year olds totally transfixed and adults stop me and tell me
how much they love it.
The CD contains 5 stories and 1 song and is 60 minutes long.
I hope you enjoy it.
This is a traditional tale from Cuba. I have heard many versions
of it. Over the years I have developed this version for telling.
It is my favourite all ages story of the past five years.
The perfect present.
I have heard so many different versions of this story in Spanish
and English. In my version my two oldest children Miguel (who
only speaks English) and Nicola (who only speaks Spanish)
go on an adventure near our house to discover the perfect
present for their father.
Senior Billy Goat
I originally read (not heard) this version in a literacy book.
It contains a strong positive theme, that little people can
do big things. A favourite of grade 4 to 6.
Sal De Alli
This story was developed from a song that my cousins taught
me. It is a popular speed game in El Salvador - it is meant
to increase in speed to the point that you can hardly breath
or speak when you sing it at the end. It is so much fun -
I had to add it.
Many years ago I heard this story by Carrie Sue Avyar - who
had heard it from Joe Hayes - who had heard it from ... well
thats just the way oral stories are passed :-) Now I tell
you an Aussie/Latino version based on the Ulysse butterfly.
Alas de Azul is a song that I created that overviews the story
above 'La Mariposa" and is sung by 10 year old Trea Randall
Now let me be straight with you. I am not a fluent Spanish
speaker. I am a learner of Spanish and I think I will be learning
for the rest of my life. My mother is from El Salvador (Nawat
and Spanish) but I was born and raised in Australia with an
English only speaking father. One of the things I have enjoyed
the most about finding and performing these stories is that
they help me feel connected to that part of me that is Spanish
decent. In this CD I have tried to incorporate the fun and
joy of a second language.
Your challenge - most stories have either an English or a
Spanish piece of slang in them - can you find all of the ones
in the list below?
chuta - meaning 'poor thing' used
in (or by) Chile(eans)
wicked - meaning 'very cool' used
predominantly in New Zealand.
que ondas? - meaning 'how are
you?' used in Central America.
coolup seeds - The coolup is a
shaker, a traditional percussion instrument, from the very
north part of Queensland, Cape York and the Torres Strait
Islands. They are made from burnie beans, the seeds from the
matchbox vine, and the handle is plaited by hand from palm
bakán - means 'very cool'
in Chile (el acento es muy importante!)
mumacita - slang word for a good
looking girl - if it is a good looking male then you say -
pápasote. This is very common in El Salvador and used
throughout Central America
cuero - means leather but is used
as a slang compliment by men to women
colorin colorado este cuento se cavado
- traditional finish for each story told.