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Cucú cantaba la rana: Understanding the story behind this catchy song
By Nuria Santamaría Wolfe

“Cucú, cantaba la rana”, with its rhythmic and repetitive verses, is a classic Spanish language children’s song that is not only easy to learn but also fun to sing. Generations of Spanish speakers grew up with this song.

The song tells the story of a frog who sings ‘cucú’ underwater as a number of characters are introduced. First comes the gentleman with a cape and a sword, followed by a lady wearing a long-tailed dress, and finally the sailor carrying rosemary. The simple rhyming verses have charmed children across centuries.

The song as we know it today is an evolution of “Una rana hace ciento”, an initial version written in old Castilian which is generally attributed to Luis de Belmonte Bermúdez and traces back to 1967. 

In celebration of the timeless classic, Encantos created its own version called “Cucú, cantaba la rana/The Froggy Song” to help introduce the Canticos cast of characters. Sing along with our Coquí (the Puerto Rican frog who takes its name from the sound it makes) as he meets each one of the Canticos friends including Nicky, Kiki, Ricky, Benji, and Pin Pon. The song is sung first in English and then Spanish in our singalong video on YouTube. Find the bilingual kids’ music on Amazon Music, Apple Music, and Spotify.   And if you’re looking for more fun songs featuring our Coquí, check out “Sana Sana, Colita de Rana”.

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