Lola's Fandango

Lola's Fandango

by Anna Witte, Micha Archer
     
 

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Lola is a young Spanish girl in awe of her glamorous older sister. However, she discovers her own talent and duende, or spirit, through secret fandango lessons from her father. The text is infused with the rhythms, movements and sounds of the dance and the humanity of Lola's family is beautifully portrayed by Micha Archer's collage-paintings.

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Lola is a young Spanish girl in awe of her glamorous older sister. However, she discovers her own talent and duende, or spirit, through secret fandango lessons from her father. The text is infused with the rhythms, movements and sounds of the dance and the humanity of Lola's family is beautifully portrayed by Micha Archer's collage-paintings.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Lola lives with her parents and amazing older sister in a city apartment. It seems that everything Clementina does is perfect, and Lola has nothing special to offer. When she discovers a beautiful pair of dancing shoes while rummaging around her mother's closet, she convinces her father to teach her the flamenco so she can dance like her mother once did. They secretly practice on the roof of their building, and Lola develops duende: "Spirit. Attitude." When the family plans a surprise birthday party for their mother, Lola finally has her moment to shine. This book is a terrific introduction to an aspect of Spanish culture. The rich narrative is sprinkled with Spanish words that are defined within the text and/or in the glossary, and the writing has flashes of great imagery. The collage illustrations make the story heat up and build the suspense of the surprise Lola is creating for her mother. Vibrant colors, swirls, and splashes of light and sparkle bring the rhythm of the flamenco to the pages, and the varied layout maintains interest. A first purchase.—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
Kirkus Reviews

A young Latina girl emerges from her older sister's shadow when her father secretly teaches her to dance the flamenco.

Lola envies everything about her older sister Clementina, from her name to her hair to her painting. While hiding in her parents' closet one day, Lola finds her mother's old dancing shoes. After Mami won't divulge the shoes' details, Lola goes to her father and discovers that her mother used to dance flamenco. Lola convinces Papi that she possesses the duende (attitude) necessary for dancing flamenco, and he agrees to teach her in secret. The two practice whenever they can, starting with rhythm and building to footwork. After their dancing feet disturb a downstairs neighbor, Lola and Papi move to the roof and continue the lessons. Papi decides to plan a surprise party for Mami's approaching birthday party, where Lola can show off her skills. At the party, Papi saves Lola from a brief wardrobe crisis with a new dress. Lola dances for her Mami, who later joins the dance, suddenly and inexplicably attired in a flamenco dress. Readers may also be confused by the title (the word fandango never appears in the story, only in a note), as well as the shift from sibling jealousy to flamenco without return.

A passable effort with some high points. (author's note, Spanish glossary, CD; not heard) (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846866814
Publisher:
Barefoot Books
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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