Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book and CD for review, however, all opinions are my own.
Any chance to discover a new book with my girls makes me very happy. Any chance to hear age-appropriate Latin music, I’m even happier. So imagine my delight when I discovered Daria Marmaluk-Harjiao’s e-book with accompanying music tracks titled ‘A Child’s Life In The Andes’! I couldn’t wait to share it with my oldest daughter. Big Sister and I are always looking for fun and educational activities to do during Little Sister’s morning nap, and we LOVED the book and the accompanying music… and here’s why!
‘A Child’s Life In The Andes’ is a beautifully illustrated and photographed digital book, written in English and containing tons of culturally accurate information about the indigenous life of the Quechua-speaking people in the Andes region. The author, musician and storyteller Daria writes this about her inspiration for the book:
“I spent my teenage years in a small rural village south of Cusco, Peru. During that time, I developed a deep admiration for the Quechua people and culture, for their history and traditions and I hoped to share a bit of it through this book. In so many places, traditional cultures and languages are being forced out of existence and I feel that the more we know about these important ways of life, the more we will work to allow all people to have the dignity of their heritage and their survival.”
Daria expertly brings to life the daily experiences and cultural practices of the Quechua people through the use of incredible photographs and informative text to support them. Since it’s an e-book, we downloaded it into my iPad, and my three year old LOVED to swipe the pages after we finished talking through them.
This high-quality multicultural book is written for elementary-aged students as an introduction to life in the Andes. Rather than read it as written with my three-year old, I instead talked her through the important information, using Spanish rather than English, since that’s our home language. We learned to count to three in Quechua, and talked through the basic vocabulary found on each of the pages. I’m a former high school Spanish teacher, and I can imagine a myriad of ways in which this could be used for cultural and language enrichment in the classroom, especially because at the end there are 8 pages of printables for coloring, a word search and key, and 3 projects associated with the book’s content. Great tools for differentiation in any classroom!
The best part of the book, however, is that it comes with six high-quality music tracks performed by Daria herself, and including the famous song “El Condor Pasa.” I studied music for several years before learning Spanish, and these tracks are not only culturally appropriate, they are GOOD. Daria is an absolute professional, and the tracks are studio quality. Big Sister fell in love with the song “Yaw Yaw”, and we listened to it for hours each day (no, really, we did) while she sang and danced. The end of the song has the call of the condor bird, which she thinks is the coolest ever! Little Sister can now sing her first song in Quechua thanks to Daria and this book, and I would say that Daria’s motivation for creating the work has been fulfilled at our house. Thank you, Daria, for keeping Quechua heritage and culture alive!
If you would like to purchase this book, you can do so at the links, below. BUT… Daria and I wanted to share a copy of the book and accompanying music with one lucky winner! You can enter via Rafflecopter below the image, but hurry, giveaway closes Monday, April 25, 2016 at 10 p.m. MST!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRISTIAN H. FOR WINNING! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR PARTICIPATING!
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