SAN FRANCISCO, March 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Encantos Media Studios, PBC, a purpose-driven family entertainment and education company built for a world that's more global, mobile and diverse, announces the launch of Canticos, a branded collection of beloved Latino nursery rhymes and songs from all over the Spanish-speaking world. Canticos ("little songs") launches today with the publication of LITTLE CHICKIES / LOS POLLITOS, the first in the nursery rhyme collection published as a bilingual children's book, a multilingual app and multilingual sing-along videos done in 3D animation.
"As a Latina mom exposed to songs and traditions from both the US and my native Venezuela, I've had a hard time finding books, apps and videos of the nursery rhymes I grew up with," says Brooklyn-based author-artist Susie Jaramillo. "In talking to people in both Latino and non-Latino communities, I realized this was missing from bookshelves and digital platforms everywhere." Jaramillo recently left the advertising world to apply her brand building and storytelling skills to the children's world. "In addition to promoting bilingual/multilingual learning, we hope the books, apps and videos also promote a sense of community and connect kids, especially Latino kids, to their culture."
LITTLE CHICKIES / LOS POLLITOS ($14.99, novelty board book) is based on "Los Pollitos Dicen" (Little Chickies Squeal), one of the most popular nursery rhymes in Spanish (as popular as "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" is in English). A wonderful homage to a mother and her kids, the nursery rhyme centers on adorable baby chicks hatching from their eggs and crying out that they're hungry and their resourceful mama hen taking care of them.
Canticos has developed an innovative reversible design that offers the continuous original story in its native Spanish language one one side, and a new rhyming English language version on the other. A reader can read the story through one one side, get to the end, and flip the book to read the story in the second language. The English adaptation of the song is as catchy and lyrical as the Spanish version and sure to enchant new audiences not familiar with the original song. The book is also interactive, with lift-the-flap and turn-the-wheel novelty features to encourage interaction and fine motor skills.
Just in time for Spring, the LITTLE CHICKIES / LOS POLLITOS book is available for pre-order now and set for publication in April 2016. To compliment the book, there is also a companion Canticos: Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) app available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store ($2.99). The Canticos: Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) App for smartphones and tablet devices contains a variety of creative play activities focusing on foster child development including sound & music skills, fine motor skills and visual awareness. In the app, the "Los Pollitos Dicen" nursery rhyme is sung in eight languages -- Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian, Hindi, Mandarin and Japanese, with the Spanish version of the nursery rhyme sung by Julio Briceño, the lead singer of the Latin Grammy-award winning band Los Amigos Invisibles. There will also be multilingual 3-D animated videos of Los Pollitos for free viewing on the Canticos YouTube channel.
Canticos Gives: Buy a Book, Give A Book: For every Canticos book purchased, Encantos will donate a portion of the proceeds to preschool programs across the U.S. to help low-income families in need.
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Encantos Media Studios, PBC, is a purpose-driven family entertainment and education company built for a world that's more global, mobile and diverse. Our mission is to ignite and advance creative thinking in kids everywhere through storytelling and the power of play. We design and develop apps, books, toys, videos and more.
As a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC), we believe in creating culturally-inspired meaningful media that makes the world a better place for kids of all ages.
As Public Benefit Corporation, we believe in making meaningful media that makes the world a better place for kids everywhere.
Forthcoming releases in the Canticos Collection include LITTLE ELEPHANTS / ELEFANTITOS (Summer) and LITTLE MICE / RATONCITOS (Fall). For more information, visit www.canticosworld.com.
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