Gloria Estefan: Singer and Entertainer

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Doreen Gonzales traces the life of the popular Latin American singer who fled Castro's Cuba as a young girl to become one of the most famous performers both in the United States and the world. She describes Estefan's struggles and successes, from her early years of poverty as a Cuban refugee, through a devastating accident that almost took her life, to her amazing recovery and comeback.

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Overview

Doreen Gonzales traces the life of the popular Latin American singer who fled Castro's Cuba as a young girl to become one of the most famous performers both in the United States and the world. She describes Estefan's struggles and successes, from her early years of poverty as a Cuban refugee, through a devastating accident that almost took her life, to her amazing recovery and comeback.

Presents a biography of the Cuban-born singer and composer who has recorded such hits as "Into the Light," "Conga," and "Reach."

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VOYA - Judy Ehrenstein
The Hispanic Biographies series offers chronological accounts of the lives of famous Hispanics, both those living in the United States as well as elsewhere in the world. The short chapters are interspersed with varied quality black-and-white photographs and maps, and endnotes cite numerous newspaper and magazine articles. The role of Hispanic heritage often serves as a connecting thread in each biography, as the individual succeeded in a career but never lost touch with his or her ethnicity. Chronologies at the end offer quick reviews of personal and career events. A section of suggested readings includes other biographies as well as titles related to the biographee's profession. Ra£l Juli may be best known to readers as Gomez Addams in the 1991 film The Addams Family, but he starred in many other films and plays until his death in 1994. Cast in many roles highlighting his Puerto Rican heritage, he fought to be seen as an actor, not a Puerto Rican actor. The biography seems to mention every role he must have had, which gets a bit tedious. A Nobel-prize winning poet, Pablo Neruda fled his native Chile several times due to his political activities. A staunch Communist, he often used his poetry to call attention to the social injustices in the world. This biography of a poet is also a concise history of Chile's political plight. It seems unclear why the author, after establishing that "Pablo Neruda" was a name chosen by the man born Neftal¡ Ricardo Reyes Basoalto would use "Neftal¡" for two pages then switch on and off from that to "Neruda" in one chapter, then switch permanently to "Neruda" for the rest of the book. Of the three biographies, the one on Gloria Estefan will undoubtedly serve collections the best. Her success, first as a vocalist with Miami Sound Machine and then as a solo act, is woven together with her devotion to her family and to numerous social causes, including a benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Andrew. These biographies will meet one-hundred-plus-page requirements for assignments. The writing style, particularly in the Juli and Estefan books, is somewhat similar to that found in fanzines, but reluctant readers may find this appealing. Index. Photos. Maps. Source Notes. Further Reading. Chronology. Note: This review was written and published to address three titles: Raul Julia: Actor and Humanitarian, Gloria Estefan: Singer and Entertainer, and Pablo Neruda: Nobel Prize Winning Poet. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Will appeal with pushing, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8 and Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9).
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Gr 6-9-This biography has an attractive format and accessible style that will appeal to both slower readers and to those who need introductory facts about the subject. Chapters are clearly defined by graphics and catchy titles, while the text is objective, simply and carefully composed, and always informative. Black-and-white photographs illustrate the text. Both this title and Rebecca Stefoff's Gloria Estefan (Chelsea, 1991; o.p.) discuss Estefan's marriage and family, the highlights of her musical career, and important details about her devastating, near-fatal accident. However, Gonzales updates readers by covering events between 1991 and 1996. In addition, her research is evidenced by numerous chapter footnotes while the Stefoff text, though containing many interesting quotes and other helpful information, is undocumented. The two biographies offer differing but equally valuable illustrations, but those in the earlier title tend to be sharper and clearer.-Phyllis Graves, Creekwood Middle School, Kingwood, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780894908903
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: Hispanic Biographies Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.33 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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