Yum! Yuck!: A Foldout Book of People Sounds

by Linda Sue Park, Julia Durango, and Sue Rama

Scenes from an international street carnival unfold—literally—on the... read more

Scenes from an international street carnival unfold—literally—on the pages of this picture book, each fold-out, three-page spread revealing another element of the action in order to set up the response of varied children in their native tongues. “Geshmak!” (Yiddish) Leckah! (German) Yum! (English)” are the equivalent words on the first-page spread as children eat ice cream and watermelon. “Wow-wow (Chinese) “Hai-hai (Hindi) Boo-hoo (English)” is the response pages later when the ice cream cones have fallen victim to an accident involving a juggler, a spice cart, and a little black dog, all of which have been pictured on the pages in between. The crayon and ink illustrations create a storyline for the brief, multilingual text. Of course, that story has a happy conclusion. “Eviva! (Italian) Hwan-ho! (Vietnamese) Hooray!” The authors provide a note on the challenge of translating sounds into words. (Ages 3–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2006

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