I Am Latino: The Beauty in Me

Overview

Use your senses and you will see,
there is beauty in everything.

In this celebration of Latino children, Myles Pinkney's joyous photographs and Sandra Pinkney's buoyant text showcase traditional food, music, and more through each of the five senses. From dancing the salsa and the tango to smelling delicious empanadas and mouthwatering tamales, to treasuring time with family members and even learning Spanish ...

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Overview

Use your senses and you will see,
there is beauty in everything.

In this celebration of Latino children, Myles Pinkney's joyous photographs and Sandra Pinkney's buoyant text showcase traditional food, music, and more through each of the five senses. From dancing the salsa and the tango to smelling delicious empanadas and mouthwatering tamales, to treasuring time with family members and even learning Spanish words and phrases along the way, this is the perfect way to celebrate Latino culture.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
The Pinkneys' husband and wife team have designed this book as a celebration of Latino children parallel to their Shades of Black and A Rainbow All Around Me. The text is spare; each of four sections begins with the phrase "I am Latino/a. Can you sense the beauty?" Then, three pages of attractive photos of individual or groups of children highlight one of the five senses, moving from "Listen to the melody of my language" to "Feel my music explode"; to "See the love in my family" to "Smell and taste my food." The idea of a rainbow of cultures and customs within the Latino culture is underlined by the use of a wide range of colors to frame the photos. While the concept of the book is praiseworthy, the mix of Spanish and English phrases is confusing and inconsistent; in the music section, Spanish is represented by names of dances or types of music; the family section, however, uses a Spanglish melange with phrases such as "Playful Hermano (Brother)."
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PreS-Gr 1
This picture book, illustrated with high-quality, full-color photographs, celebrates Latino culture through the senses. The text begins with the invitation to "listen to the melody in my language." The author then introduces common Spanish phrases with their translations. Sadly, no phonetic guide is provided to aid with pronunciation. Next, readers are invited to "feel my music explode" with photographs of children performing various movements that correspond to Latino dances. The next segment, "see the love in my family," is illustrated with photos of family members interacting. Unfortunately, some of the individuals are depicted and described stereotypically. For example, Papa is "strong" and Mama is "caring." The smells and tastes of Latino foods comprise the last section. The text lists various dishes ("Tamales") with one-word adjectives ("Mouthwatering"). Regrettably, the foods are not adequately described and the words are printed in a block, instead of appearing near the photo of the particular edible being highlighted. Still, the images are colorful and appealing, and the text is rhythmic. Although not an essential purchase, readers will take pleasure in this quiet, joyful book.
—Melissa Christy BuronCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
"Can you sense the beauty?" Pinkney weaves this through a collection of engaging pictures with minimal text in English with Spanish translations. Subtle language lessons are made more engaging by their pairings with bright photos of happy people, mostly children. Some words are simple-"hermana," "adios"; others, more playfully complex-"batido de platano" (banana milkshake). The pictures, 27 in all, show an array of happy, adorable children in a variety of situations and poses. The spectrum of brightly colored pages and a variety of type sizes give the work even more pop. Slight but very engaging-who can resist photos of happy kids? (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316233859
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 1,377,336
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra and Myles Pinkney are a husband-and-wife team. They are also the creators of Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children, which won an NAACP Image Award.
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