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Tío Simón ABC

Foreword by Bettsimar Díaz / Illustrated by Ittai Manero and Juan Riera

Bilingual ABC book using images from Venezuela and Latin-American folklore featuring beloved Venezuelan personality Tío Simón!

In this beautiful book, Tío Simón—beloved Venezuelan folk musician and children’s TV personality—will teach you words of every letter in both English and Spanish! Children will be able to learn with Tío Simón about his home, Venezuela, as well as Latin American food, places and nature with a beautiful full-color illustration on every page that will spark joy in families of every kind.

For every book sold, the publisher will donate $1 to Venezuelan children charities.

Simón Díaz, a.k.a. Tío Simón, has been a cultural fixture for Venezuelan and Latin culture worldwide from the 1960s. His children’s TV show, Contesta por Tío Simón, aired for a decade, and its messages and popularity earned him the unofficial title of “the Mr. Rogers of Venezuela.”His music has been covered more than 200 times in a dozen languages, and Diaz is a known influence on artists such as Julio Iglesias, Plácido Domingo, the famous Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar and The Gipsy Kings. He was awarded a lifetime achievement Grammy from the Latin Grammys in 2008.

Features a foreword about his life and legacy by Tío Simón's (Simón Díaz) daughter Bettsimar Díaz.

David Calcano is the founder and creative director of Fantoons, an animation studio based in Los Angeles. David was born in Caracas, Venezuela and has been watching cartoons ever since he was inside his mom’s belly. As an adult, he moved to the UK, where he worked as a systems engineer until he realized his true calling: to build an animation studio, create cartoons, and publish books that merge music and creative art. Throughout his career, David has worked hand-in-hand with some of the top companies and musical artists around the world, including Motörhead, The Walt Disney Company, Rush, Frank Zappa, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Mr. Big, Universal Music, Steve Martin, and Poison. 

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