International Latino Book Awards winner for Best Latino Picture Book

Little Skeletons / Esqueletitos

Little Skeletons / Esqueletitos is based on the song “Los Esqueletos (Calaveras) Salen de la Tumba” (The Skeletons Come Out of the Tomb). The origin of the song is unknown and many interpretations exist throughout Latin America and Spain. Our version, with Mexican-inspired black and white hand drawings, makes this song a wonderful Day of the Dead celebration. Our book includes a clock with movable hands which helps kid learn to count and tell time.
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Novelty accordion-fold board book in a slipcase Read one language at time, in this accordion-fold book with interactive features including flaps and wheels.

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Our little Skeletitos come to life, hopping and dancing, moving and prancing to every touch. Little ones will also enjoy the extraordinary sounds these Skeletitos make while learning to count and tell time.

“Use this for a Day of the Dead storytime program, but do not limit it to that—it’s too much fun!”

Starred Review, School Library Journal

“Jaramillo’s exuberant pencil illustrations brim with festive detail; clocks with moveable hands open both versions of the story, playing into the time-telling aspect of this eerie counting tale.”

Publishers Weekly

“A clock with movable hands found at the beginning of each side is sure to be a hit with young children…And coupled with the beautiful illustrations, this book is perfect for October, Halloween, and the Day of the Dead, as well as for learning about time and counting from 1 to 12.”

Selenia Paz, Booklist

“Kids will enjoy the rhythmic verse, cute illustrations, and they may learn to tell time by manipulating the movable hands of the clock. Not to mention word and phrases in Spanish and English!”

Common Sense Media

Lyrics

Little Skeletons
When the old clock strikes the hour of one,
out of the tomb-a skeletitos rumba.
Tomb-a-laca tomb-a-laca tomb-a tomb-a,
tomb-a-laca tomb-a-laca tomb-a-la.
When the old clock strikes the hour of two,
two skeletitos eat up their food.
Tomb-a-laca tomb-a-laca tomb-a tomb-a,
tomb-a-laca tomb-a-laca tomb-a-la.
When the old clock strikes the hour of three,
three skeletitos backwards flee!
Tomb-a-laca tomb-a-laca tomb-a tomb-a,
tomb-a-laca tomb-a-laca tomb-a-la.
When the old clock strikes the hour of four,
four skeletitos go out the door.
Tomb-a-laca tomb-a-laca tomb-a tomb-a,
tomb-a-laca tomb-a-laca tomb-a-la.
When the old clock strikes the hour of five,
five skeletitos jump up and jive.
Tomb-a-laca tomb-a-laca tomb-a tomb-a,
tomb-a-laca tomb-a-laca tomb-a-la.
When the old clock strikes the hour of six,
six skeletitos get a chess fix.
Tomb-a-laca tomb-a-laca tomb-a tomb-a,
tomb-a-laca tomb-a-laca tomb-a-la.
When the old clock strikes the hour of seven,
seven skeletitos rocket up to heaven.
Tomb-a-laca tomb-a-laca tomb-a tomb-a,
tomb-a-laca tomb-a-laca tomb-a-la.
When the old clock strikes the hour of eight,
eight skeletitos eat up some cake.
Tomb-a-laca tomb-a-laca tomb-a tomb-a,
tomb-a-laca tomb-a-laca tomb-a-la.
When the old clock strikes the hour of nine,
nine skeletitos shake up their spine.
Tomb-a-laca tomb-a-laca tomb-a tomb-a,
tomb-a-laca tomb-a-laca tomb-a-la.
When the old clock strikes the hour of ten,
ten skeletitos go to sleep again.
Tomb-a-laca tomb-a-laca tomb-a tomb-a,
tomb-a-laca tomb-a-laca tomb-a-la.
When the old clock strikes the hour of eleven,
eleven skeletitos march in a procession.
Tomb-a-laca tomb-a-laca tomb-a tomb-a,
tomb-a-laca tomb-a-laca tomb-a-la.
When the old clock strikes the hour of twelve,
twelve skeletitos dance by themselves!
Tomb-a-laca tomb-a-laca tomb-a tomb-a,
tomb-a-laca tomb-a-laca tomb-a-la
.
Esqueletitos
Cuando el reloj marca la una,
un esqueletito sale de su tumba.
Tumba-laca tumba-laca tumba tumba,
tumba-laca tumba-laca tumba-la.
Cuando el reloj marca las dos,
dos esqueletitos comen arroz.
Tumba-laca tumba-laca tumba tumba,
tumba-laca tumba-laca tumba-la.
Cuando el reloj marca las tres,
tres esqueletitos se vuelven al revés.
Tumba-laca tumba-laca tumba tumba,
tumba-laca tumba-laca tumba-la.
Cuando el reloj marca las cuatro,
cuatro esqueletitos van al teatro.
Tumba-laca tumba-laca tumba tumba,
tumba-laca tumba-laca tumba-la.
Cuando el reloj marca las cinco,
cinco esqueletitos pegan un brinco.
Tumba-laca tumba-laca tumba tumba,
tumba-laca tumba-laca tumba-la.
Cuando el reloj marca las seis,
seis esqueletitos juegan ajedrez.
Tumba-laca tumba-laca tumba tumba,
tumba-laca tumba-laca tumba-la.
Cuando el reloj marca las siete,
siete esqueletitos montan un cohete.
Tumba-laca tumba-laca tumba tumba,
tumba-laca tumba-laca tumba-la.
Cuando el reloj marca las ocho,
ocho esqueletitos comen bizcocho.
Tumba-laca tumba-laca tumba tumba,
tumba-laca tumba-laca tumba-la.
Cuando el reloj marca las nueve,
nueve esqueletitos todos se mueven.
Tumba-laca tumba-laca tumba tumba,
tumba-laca tumba-laca tumba-la.
Cuando el reloj marca las diez,
diez esqueletitos se duermen otra vez.
Tumba-laca tumba-laca tumba tumba,
tumba-laca tumba-laca tumba-la.
Cuando el reloj marca las once,
once esqueletitos marchan por la noche.
Tumba-laca tumba-laca tumba tumba,
tumba-laca tumba-laca tumba-la.
Cuando el reloj marca las doce,
¡doce esqueletitos bailan con goceeeee!
Tumba-laca tumba-laca tumba tumba,
tumba-laca tumba-laca tumba-la.
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