My Name Is Celia:The Life of Celia Cruz/ Me llamo Celia: La vida de Celia Cruz
  • My Name Is Celia:The Life of Celia Cruz/ Me llamo Celia: La vida de Celia Cruz
  • My Name Is Celia:The Life of Celia Cruz/ Me llamo Celia: La vida de Celia Cruz

My Name Is Celia:The Life of Celia Cruz/ Me llamo Celia: La vida de Celia Cruz

by Monica Brown, Rafael Lopez
     
 

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This bilingual book allows young readers to enter Celia Cruz's life as she becomes a well-known singer in her homeland of Cuba, then moves to New York City and Miami where she and others create a new type of music called salsa.See more details below

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This bilingual book allows young readers to enter Celia Cruz's life as she becomes a well-known singer in her homeland of Cuba, then moves to New York City and Miami where she and others create a new type of music called salsa.

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Children's Literature
Beginning with a resounding "SUGAR!" the story of Cuban songstress/Salsa Queen Celia Cruz is told in both English and Spanish. Surrounded by Lopez's brilliant illustrations—and I do mean brilliant both in terms of composition as well as color/vividness of detail—the text of the piece begins with Cruz introducing herself to readers through the particulars of her voice and music. "My voice feels like feet skipping on cool wet sand, like running under a waterfall, like rolling down a hill. My voice climbs and rocks and dips and flips with the sounds of congas beating and trumpets blaring." This dual attention to detail allows young readers to enter Celia's life as she becomes a well-known singer in her homeland of Cuba, then move with her to New York City and then Miami where she and other musicians like Tito Puente, Johnny Pacheco, and Willie Colon create a new type of music called salsa. "Together we brought a new music to the Americas—salsa—a music that blended rock with rumba, mambo with jazz. Junto trajimos una neuva musica a America, la salsa, una musica que mezclaba el rock con la rumba, el mom con el jazz." This book is an important addition to any library, especially if one is looking to add to a section on Latina/o influences in America. 2004, Luna Rising, Ages 8 to 12.
—Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-An exuberant picture-book biography of the Cuban-born salsa singer. From its rhythmic opening, the first-person narrative dances readers through Cruz's youth in Havana, a childhood bounded by scents of nature and home, the sweet taste of sugar, and the sound of music. A singer from an early age, Cruz sang so continually that one of her teachers finally urged her to share her voice with the world. Thus encouraged, she entered competitions, undeterred when her racial heritage prevented her from competing--undeterred, even, when the advent of Castro's communist regime forced her to leave Cuba as a refugee. Positive even in exile, Cruz made New York City her own and took Miami by storm. The salsa-influenced prose presented in English and in Spanish is followed by a straightforward vita of the singer, noting her death in July 2003. Lopez's distinguished, luminous acrylic paintings are alive with motion, lush with brilliantly layered colors, and informed with verve and symbolism. This is a brilliant introduction to a significant woman and her music. The only enhancement required is the music itself. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873588720
Publisher:
Cooper Square Publishing Llc
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Edition description:
Bi-lingual edition: English-Spanish lang
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
212,472
Product dimensions:
9.41(w) x 10.94(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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