Susan Peña's Favorites | Songs in Spanish and English

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Songs in Spanish and English

by Susan Peña's Favorites

Children's music and games in traditional Mexican and American folk styles
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Elena la ballena
2:35 album only
2. A Sailor Went to Sea
1:16 album only
3. Comin' Round the Mountain
3:39 album only
4. Lunes y martes...
0:59 album only
5. La acamaya
3:00 album only
6. La raspa
2:10 album only
7. The Green Grass Grows All Around
2:52 album only
8. Rosa María
2:26 album only
9. Aikendrum
2:36 album only
10. Las chiapanecas
1:44 album only
11. El colás
2:13 album only
12. De colores
2:47 album only


Album Notes
Susan Peña and Miguel Govea have performed together for the past twenty years throughout the San Francisco public schools and libraries, often accompanied by their two daughters, Rene and Cecilia. The songs on “Susan Peña’s Favorites” were selected for having proven consistently fun and educational with children of all ages and language backgrounds, due in part to their interactive elements (clapping, call and response, tongue-twister, dance, hand gestures, etc.). The twelve selections consist of seven songs in Spanish, two in English, and three in both Spanish and English. Most are Mexican or American folk traditionals, and some are original versions of old classics. Musical styles include cumbia, huapango, son jarocho, vals, and Appalachian folk. The instrumentalists are Susan Peña on guitar and vihuela, Miguel Govea on accordion, trumpet, violin, vihuela, and guitarrón, and guests Bill Foss on mandolin and Jorge Liceaga on requinto jarocho. The vocals range from the particularly enchanting sister duets by Rene and Cecilia to choral-style three part harmonies performed by all four family members.
The overall tone of the recording is upbeat and fun, inviting listener participation. The CD is available for $14.00 at For more information about this and other recordings by La Familia Peña-Govea, visit or contact Susan Peña at



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Betty MacMartin

Bilingual teacher and class love this CD
My 3rd grade class at Guadalupe Elem. loves this CD. I hear them singing it as they go down the hall.The rhythms and sing along patterns make it easy and fun for all to join in.Buy this CD- you'll love it!

bettie rogers

Total involvement is necessary for today's children
As a long-time teacher of young children, I just wish I had had this disc when I was still in the classroom. Now that I am a senior taking Spanish classes I am entranced with the bi-lingual aspects of this disc, using songs known by both English-speaking and Spanish -speaking children. I know the dances, total physical responses such as clapping, repetition of amusing words, gestures etc. will be appreciated by foreign-language teachers of pre-school and elementary school classes. I live in an area (New Jersey) where today our schools are heavily impacted with children from Latin America and I think the recognition of their native language will be ego-guilding for them. I intend to contact the curriculum committees of our local public schools as well as teachers in our many private nursery and pre-schools and encourage them to start using this musical introduction to Spanish. Bettie Rogers


good songs, but the quality of the recording can be better.

Anna Duarte

"I cried when I heard the green grass grows..."
"We received the cd on Friday and Luna pretty much knows all the songs by heart now! I cried when I heard the Green Grass's great to hear all your beautiful harmonies and love the trumpets!!"

Ted Tilles

Can't stop listening to Elena la Ballena
Our family has become quite attached to this CD. My daughter, almost 3 years old, loves the music and wants to know what all the Spanish words mean, and has an increased interest in learning Spanish (as well as playing music). It is also much better for adults than other kids CDs. We saw the Pena-Goveas play live (and went back a few times) and that is also part of the attachment. The music is high quality but fun and accessible.

Anna Murphey

we LOVE this cd!
My five year-old cousin, Maya, and I have been playing this wonderful cd nonstop ever since it arrived in the mail two months ago. Maya, who is beginning to learn Spanish in her kindergarten class, already knows the words to "Elena la Ballena" and the bilingual lyrics to "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain." We love to sing along! With its fun lyrics and diversity of musical styles, "Susan Pena's Favorites" is a fantastic resource for families and educators who want to provide Spanish language and cultural enrichment for their children. I'm looking forward to sharing these songs with my preschool class.