Musician Simón Díaz, known throughout Venezuela as “Tío Simón” remains a vital part of the country’s cultural legacy, and forever in the memory of all who knew his musical work. To celebrate his immense cultural impact, Fantoons is poised to release a bilingual children’s book of Spanish and English words, Tío Simón ABC, with a Venezuelan twist, to encourage children to both learn the words themselves, as well as the culture behind them. In addition to honoring Venezuelan culture, for every copy of Tío Simón ABC that is sold, Fantoons will donate $1 to Venezuelan children’s charities
In Tío Simón ABC, 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 traditional food like Arepa! with a beautiful full-color illustration on every page that will spark joy in families of every kind.
Assembled by Fantoons’ David Calcano, the Venezuelan-born creative director, recognized for his work with Disney Channel, alongside projects in publishing and animation with Rush, Frank Zappa and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. Calcano and his Fantoons team of illustrators and designers assembled 60 beautifully illustrated pages inspired by images of Venezuela.
David Calcano says “Venezuelan culture is, unfortunately, fading away for new generations, and we want to change that! This book is a starting point to remind the world about the beautiful country I grew up with, and there’s not one better to show the Venezuelan wonders than our beloved Tío Simón.”
“In the spirit of Tío Simón’s generosity and kindness, we are donating $1 for every book we sell to charities dedicated to helping Venezuelan children in starvation, it is our small contribution to help a country that really needs it.”
Simón Díaz, a.k.a. Tío Simón, has been a cultural fixture for Venezuelan and Latin culture worldwide since 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 Almodovar 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.