In this vibrant bilingual picture book biography of musician Tito Puente, readers will dance along to the beat of this mambo king's life. Tito Puente loved banging pots and pans as a child, but what he really dreamed of was having his own band one day. From Spanish Harlem to the Grammy Awards--and all the beats in between--this is the true life story of a boy whose passion for music turned him into the "King of Mambo."
Award-winning author-illustrator duo Monica Brown and Rafael López bring the remarkable story of this talented legend to life in this Pura Belpré Honor Book. Supports the Common Core State Standards.
As Brown explains, Tito Puente (1923-2000) made music his entire life, from banging "spoons and forks on pots and pans, windowsills and cans," to learning the saxophone while serving in the Navy during WWII, studying at Juilliard, and leading the big band that carried his name. Brown's bilingual text echoes the rhythms of salsa, mambo, and jazz ("The claves smacked clackity clackity clack clack"), yet feels somewhat subdued next to Lopez's sizzling acrylics, which have a weathered, mural-like quality but are anything but flat. Ages 4-8. Agent: Stefanie Von Borstel, Full Circle Literary. (Mar.)Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.
Gr 3-6--This is a Spanish translation of a book that previously appeared in English as Love, Amalia. When Amalia's friend Martha moves away, she deals with an acute feeling of loss that is soothed by her grandmother. The book portrays this loving relationship in a very tender way that is made all the more poignant when Amalia's grandmother passes away. At the end of the story Amalia reconnects with Martha via a letter, and works to reforge a connection. The book includes recipes for the dishes that Amalia and her abuela make together.Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.