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Flutter and Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido: Animal Poems / Poemas de Animales

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  323 ratings  ·  91 reviews
All sorts of animals flutter and hum, dance and stretch, and slither and leap their way through this joyful collection of poems in English and Spanish. Julie Paschkis's poems and art sing in both languages, bringing out the beauty and playfulness of the animal world. ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 18th 2015 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published March 17th 2015)
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Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Charming poems, beautiful illustrations. I loved the play with Spanish and English, especially the perfectly chosen words hidden in the artwork.
Laura Harrison
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
We are living in a new golden age of children's picture books. Every time I think I have just discovered a new classic I find a brand new title I am in love with. Flutter and Hum is simply gorgeous. 12 poems in English and in Spanish. So creative and warm. The earth tones are spectacular. Possibly Julie Paschkis' best work-so far. ...more
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars

The illustrations are so much a part of the text; they brilliantly complement the poems. So amazing and enjoyable.
Alexandra Ibberson
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidlit
This is a book of poems by Julie Paschkis. All the poems are about animals. The poems are written in both English and Spanish. Because the poems are simple and they are about a wide variety of interesting animals, they would appeal to younger children. Many of the poems are alliterative or rhyming and they are silly and fun for kids. I really love how the poems are offered in both languages. Children can be exposed to a new language and bilingual children will enjoy having the poems in both thei ...more
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
A good poem book. It is in English and Spanish which is good for those who who are bilingual. The pictures are good and there are words written on the pages on leaves and other items in the book.
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, poetry
Ah, Julie Paschkis. One of my all-time favorite illustrators. And in this gorgeous picture book, she wrote all the poems, too - in two languages! Some of them just sang out to me. Others didn't. She wrote them first in Spanish, then translated to English. Her illustrations are luscious. A feast for the eyes. The few poems that weren't fives for me sounded GREAT in Spanish, even though I couldn't understand a word! ...more
May 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: language-arts
My students engaged in this book during the lessons on parts of speech. I had already taught the lesson, but I wanted to close using some type of text that I knew would stick with the kids. It is an easy read and the students in my first grade class was able to manage using this book in the lesson .
Mary Ann
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Love the simple poems with delightfully playful figurative language in both English and Spanish.

Here's my favorite: DOG

"The shaggy dog
wiggles, wiggles
and leaps.

His wagging tail
fans wild happiness
into the wide world."
Ampersand Inc.
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
From Ali

From Saffron:
Sunah Chung
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The poems in relation to animals were written in English and Spanish. By juxtaposing two versions of poems on each page, readers could enjoy each poem in two languages with exotic illustrations.
As someone who has not learned Spanish, I could not read the Spanish version. But I could recognize the similar words in English which may have the same origin of a word such as snake, serpent, and la serpiente. It was also interesting for me that the author is neither a poet nor a native Spanish speake
Shaye Miller
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Julie Paschkis was both the author and illustrator of this book. And the art work, alone, makes this book delightful! Interestingly enough, she claims she's not a poet. Furthermore, even though English is her primary language, she wrote the first draft of each poem in Spanish. She says, "My English is more flexible, so it came second." The illustrations are done with Winsor & Newton gouache on Arches paper. She includes a number of English and Spanish words mixed and hidden within the art work. ...more
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book, on the 2016 list of notable poetry books selected by a NCTE committee, is a bilingual anthology of animal poems. Each page features a different animal with a poem in English and Spanish. The poems are not completely direct translations, but rather ones that keep the meaning the same despite not using the exact same words. In the author’s note, she explains that the always wrote first in Spanish and then English because her English is “more flexible.” The pictures are gorgeous, and ful ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
The book was okay. The pictures were interesting, but they didn't really excite me. A couple of the poems were fun, but the rest were just okay. However, I read this to three different classrooms and the children enjoyed it, especially the Spanish-speakers. They helped me with my Spanish pronunciations. And they really seemed to feel more connected with the book. This would be a great book for English-language learners. ...more
Luis Moreno
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
A book like this one can only be done if both the writer and the illustrator are the same person. I could almost say that there are no words needed besides those in the illustrations. I could spend hours looking at the pages of this book. The illustrator masterfully chooses the words in both English and Spanish offering a double reading experience.
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-2017-bes
Beautiful. The words and the illustrations. I love the concept as well. Great for students learning English or Spanish because they can see the words in the other language on the other page. Or even if you aren’t learning one of the languages, it’s still nice to see the writing and explore the words a bit.
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book goes beyond being bilingual. It uses Spanish, English and art to bring the reader into each page and poem. The pictures don't simply illustrate the poetry, they are part of the poetry. Simply amazing. ...more
Kolbe Bales
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful book with great poetry. I'm so glad she decided to write the poetry. Her illustrations are very special; there is so much to see. I love that the poems are in both English and Spanish. It's a great addition to my classroom poetry collection. ...more
Arian Prickett
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
This is a beautiful book that has pretty pictures and words! Its cool that its written in both english and spanish. Children would enjoy this book because the illustrations are very cool of all the different animals that are in the book.
Rachel Smith
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Illustrations are very eccentric but bright and beautiful. I like that the poems don't rhyme. ...more
Eduardo Bello
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm still stunned by the beauty of these illustrations. Great work blending drawings and words. ...more
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Poems, hidden words, and illustrations that are fun. Don't forget the Spanish. Our first bilingual book had fun learning the new words. ...more
Kim Mullins
May 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ed-689
Flutter and Hum is such a fun book with poems about animals. I think this would be perfect in primary grades and a great way to incorporate poetry for those younger kiddos.
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I truly loved this book, the illustrations and the poems both in English and Spanish.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Poems about animals in both English and Spanish (facing pages)
Large fanciful illustrations by the poet on each page
Nutmeg Book Award Nominee 2020, Elementary Division
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love reading each animal poem in English & Spanish. The illustrations have words written in English and Spanish that are beautifully incorporated into each page.
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Poems in both English and Spanish. Lovely art.
Susanna Hargreaves
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A perfect book for teaching poetry, about animals, Nature, bilingual learning, or Spanish themes. With each poem are beautiful illustrations and also the poem is in Spanish next to it.
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In short poems in both Spanish and English, animals are explored in the way that they move and live in their habitats. The book begins with a slithering snake poem that hisses on the page. Other poems include black crows hopping and cawing, the slow movement of a black cow in a golden field, fleeting glimpses of a deer, and the shine of an owl at night. Still other poems focus on domestic pets like dogs and cats who fill the page with their personalities captured in verse on the page.

I was surp
Julie Paschkis' art itself is a joy, but this time she's added two more layers, poems about animals in both English and Spanish. Sometimes the English page stands alone, and the animal changes with the Spanish one, and often Julie chooses a double-page spread to show the animal. Julie's known for splashy color, but one of my favorite pages is about a crow, on a gray day, the page with crow silhouettes cawing. Julie's poem ends, however with "He hops,/stops,/and stares/at a yellow umbrella--/the ...more
Dec 29, 2015 added it
Early this morning fog and clouds shrouded the mountains as snow fell. Walking from one room to another something caught my attention; a shadow moved behind the shades still down over the window and door opening to the back deck. The small tree (Xena's tree) was still lit and twinkling.

It was a large doe moving as lightly as the falling flakes. In search of food she got through the snow and ate what grass she could find. I know when spring and summer come she will try to enjoy my gardens. It wil
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