Friday, September 11, 2015

Poetry Friday: Flutter & Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido

Flutter & Hum: animal poems / Aleteo y Zumbido: poemas de animales (2015) by Julie Paschkis.

Folk artist Julie Paschkis has assembled a delightful collection of animal poems in Spanish and English. A native English speaker, she was recently inspired to learn Spanish by a picture book project about Pablo Neruda. Composed in Spanish and translated into English, these poems feature a variety of animals of the land, air, and sea.


I love the combination of Julie Paschkis' unique art style with the bilingual poems as well. She uses words as such integral parts of her illustrations, and the language of the words chosen matches whichever language she is using for the poem on that part of the page. So clever!

Happy Poetry Friday! Robyn has the Poetry Friday Roundup at Life on the Deckle Edge.


  1. I just got this from my library, Katie, but now need to read it, especially after your sharing. It looks wonderful.

  2. Isn't this book every way, shape and form???

    1. Absolutely, Mary Lee! Thank you again for bringing it to my attention. I especially like it as an example of the power of a second language learner - might show it to my students' world language teachers too!

  3. Can't wait to enjoy this book in person; thanks so much for the sneak peek. Julie P's work is just magical.

  4. I'm late to this post, but this looks like a very interesting book. What a great connection to Pablo Neruda. So many writers and readers are inspired by his poetry.

  5. Oh, beautiful! I can see this being inspiring to learners of any language - I could definitely use this with my adult students, too!


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