The children of Coco Solo got together recently to make a really charming illustrated audiobook entitled ‘El Sapo y el Caiman’ – ‘The Frog and the Caiman.’ Here is the first page, complete with my translation underneath:
Once upon a time, a green frog was swimming through a dangerous stream. This stream was full of large fish who wanted to eat the frog. The frog became scared and jumped onto the land where it met a caiman.
Please click on the link below to listen to the story and see the pictures in all their glory. You will be impressed!
You know, I think the best way to do this post would be simply to show each page, and include a translation underneath, so this beautiful creation can reach an audience of English speakers as well as Spanish speakers. (My Spanish is not so brilliant, but you should get the gist well enough :) ) So, page 2:
The caiman said to him: “I would like to help you get to know the forest!”.
The frog and the caiman went all around the forest.
And then he said to him: “Would you like to come to my house for dinner?”.
The frog and the caiman went to the caiman’s house, but the frog did not for one moment suspect that he was going to be dinner. The caiman put a saucepan of water on to boil then put the frog inside and shut the lid.
The frog jumped
until the lid fell off.
The caiman was relaxing watching his fish tank, wondering whether he was going to dine on frog with octopus or fish and frog Escabeche.
When he realized that the frog had run off, he started to chase him, but as the frog was very small and agile, he escaped him by running, swimming and jumping.
After running and jumping and swimming for a long time, the frog arrived at Froggy Island, where his mum, dad, gran, aunt and uncle lived with his four brothers and sisters.
The frog told his family that a caiman wanted to eat him, but as it was his little brother’s birthday, there was a really big party…
Everyone celebrated with grilled flies, music and dancing.
Isn’t it great? Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could somehow turn it into a real paper book?? At a later date I need to tell you all about the team involved behind this, but for now, just enjoy the story!