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Sana Sana, Colita de Rana: How This Song Inspires Resilience in Children
By Nuria Santamaría Wolfe

It’s a simple saying with superpowers. In Spanish-speaking cultures around the world, when a child gets sick or hurt, a loved one will comfort her by saying  “Sana sana, colita de rana. Si no sana hoy, sanará mañana,” which somehow helps the pain go away. It may be the fact that taking a few moments to say this special phrase provides a small distraction, or that the words provide comfort to the child that “this too shall pass.” Either way, the saying has great power. “Sana, sana’s” origin is unknown and multiple variations exist. It generally translates to: “Heal heal, frog’s tail. If it doesn’t heal today, it’ll heal tomorrow.”  

The saying is so popular that merely saying “Sana sana…” in a room full of Spanish speakers will likely result in a chorus of “colita de rana!” and smiles all around. It’s fun to say and brings back fond childhood memories for those who grew up hearing it. Generation after generation, mothers and fathers have soothed their children with this popular phrase. 

In honor of the saying, Canticos has taken the short phrase and turned it into a song to help kids learn this popular piece of culture. Kids can now sing along to a Spanish and version  featuring the Little Chickies and Coquí, a Puerto Rican frog. Check out the video for “Sana Sana, Colita de Rana/The Boo Boo Song” in which Nicky Chickie gets hurt and his pals come to his aid to reassure him that he will feel better soon. You can also find additional bilingual music for littles on Amazon Music, Apple Music, and Spotify. With this and more songs, you can teach valuable lessons of resilience to your children and generations to come. 

For more Coquí songs, check out Cucú cantaba la rana to sing along to this classic children’s song in English and Spanish.

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