LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jessica Alba is adding her voice to National Poetry Month, helping to lure children into the art form.
Alba is among more than a dozen celebrity parents whose poetry readings are airing on the Disney and Disney Junior channels this month.
Alba, who has two daughters, chose a Mexican folk song, “De Colores” (“Of Colors”), which reflects her Hispanic heritage. Her segment will air at 11:55 a.m. EDT Monday and at 6:55 a.m. EDT April 29, on the Disney Channel, and will play at various times on Disney Junior.
Joining poetry and imagery is “just a really great way to introduce kids to poetry,” including those too young to read, Alba said.
It’s also reflects the “genius of `edu-tainment,’ a new word I’ve been introduced to since I’ve become a mother,” Alba said. Her definition: “tricking your kids into learning.”
The actress (“Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” “Dark Angel”) says her own poetry dabblings have taken a sharp turn.
“I have a lot of teen angst on paper,” Alba said. “Now I just kind of make up songs for my girls. I have little poems that I sing to them before they go to sleep, to the tune of `Twinkle Twinkle (Little Star).’”
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