Mama Does the Mambo

Mama Does the Mambo


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ISBN-13: 9780786806461
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date: 09/30/2001
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 8.82(w) x 11.18(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

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Mama Does the Mambo 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
jrlandry1410 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the culture of this book. Many aspects of cuban culture were touched upon: the food, the language, the dances, the places of business, carnival, and even traditional clothing. The culture was great but there is a deeper message behind it, because Sofia's father has passed she and her mother must learn to take comfort in each other and realize that while they can have a new man in their lives, no one will ever take papa's place. Sofia wants to see her mama dance again and is pushing her to find a new partner in time for carnival. While mama does find a new man, he's not very quick on his feet, and is no good for dancing. In the end it is Sofia who gets her mama to dance again, and it is Sofia who becomes her dance partner. This is good for teaching student about a new culture, about dealing with the death of a family member, or about some new and exciting dances. It's kind of a bleak lesson set in an exciting colorful book if you ask me.
claire.cavell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mama Does the Mambo is a great book to introduce different cultures and activities into the classroom. The main character, Sofia, is a girl who lost her father and since his passing her mother stopped dancing. Sofia missed seeing her mother dance so it became her mission to find a dance partner for her mother for carnival but no one was ever good enough to replace her father. Her mother then starts dating Eduardo, but he can't dance. The day of carnival everyone is expecting Sofia's mother to dance but no one knows who with. Then while her mother is starting to dance she looks over at Sofia and they start to mambo together.
CarmellaLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book because of the colorful illustrations. This book seemed to share with the reader a custom of this Cuban family and involves the reader in a human event that changed the family but kept the traditions alive. In a public library setting a program can be implemented where children can listen to the music and practice some of the steps to the music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's not a flop, but my 3 kids became bored, quickly. I do not recommend this book; it's way too long, lacks vibrancy and seems researched. Perhaps it's because it's not written by a Cuban? I'm American but my children's father is Cuban/Puerto Rican. None of us recommend it.