These Spanish poems for children are by Douglas Wright, a well-known author and illustrator from Argentina. He writes poems and songs and, in addition to his numerous books, publishes his work on his blog, El jardín de Douglas. He also generously gives me permission to share them here.
I love these two short poems about fall. They are perfect to use with Spanish language learners. The vocabulary is not too complicated, and the rhythm makes them perfect for reading aloud and reciting from memory. Spanish poems for children learning the language are hard to find; these are treasures!
Douglas Wright illustrates all of his poems. This is wonderful for all children, and for especially for Spanish language learners because it makes his work more accessible. The art clarifies and reinforces the language and is an excellent way to talk about the poems with children learning Spanish. Follow the links to the poems on his blog and you will find the illustrations for these poems. You can click on the illustrations to enlarge them if you are using them in a classroom.
The illustration for the poem La última hojita del árbol, establishes the setting for the poem. You see the narrator of the poem, the tree, and the last dangling leaf. You can talk about how the leaf might last one more day, but eventually it will fall. This is a perfect tie-in to another of Douglas Wright’s poems, El árbol quedó sin hojas.
This second poem, El árbol quedó sin hojas, also has an excellent illustration to use with Spanish language learners. The poem mentions el cielo de otoño. The illustration shows this sky and helps children answer the question ¿cómo es el cielo de otoño? In fact, the illustration is a complete visual representation of the poem.
Both of these poems about fall create strong visual impressions and couple them with clear, concise Spanish language. Children may well find exactly these images in their own world, and the poems give them the language to describe them.
La última hojita del árbol / The last leaf on the tree,
¿caerá o no caerá? / will it fall or won’t it?
Yo creo que, si no hay viento, / I think that if there is no wind
un día más quedará. / it will stay one more day.
El árbol quedó sin hojas, / The tree was left without leaves,
las ramas no tienen nada, / the branches have nothing,
y contra un cielo de otoño: / and against a fall sky
sólo las ramas peladas. / only bare branches.
You can read more of Douglas Wright’s work and suggestions for using it with children learning Spanish here:
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