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Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa Paperback – July 19, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (July 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142407798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142407790
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 10 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-This biographical tribute to an icon of Latina music evokes the talent, independence, and inner drive of a woman who helped develop a music style present in today's popular culture. A songbird of the Havana streets, the young Cruz charmed her neighbors with the passion and uniqueness of her voice, which incorporated the sounds of street vendors. "Her father heard thunder. Her cousins heard the call of the sea. Her neighbors heard a hummingbird." The text records her early life in an overcrowded household but also emphasizes her love for learning and her classical training, her devotion to her birth country, and her international fame. Full-page illustrations in bold jewel tones evoke the warmth and swirl of the salsa sound she created. An author's note summarizes Cruz's personal and professional life. Like the sweetness of her voice, this tribute is pure azúcar. It fills a gap in materials for music teachers and is a solid addition for all libraries.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 2-4, younger for reading aloud. In this picture-book biography, Chambers offers a brief, lyrical tribute to salsa superstar Celia Cruz. Short paragraphs follow the vocalist from her Havana childhood, where neighbors crowded the street to hear young Celia sing to her family, to her heartbreaking emigration from Cuba and worldwide stardom. Chambers writes in figurative language that, while adding a whimsical, fairy-tale quality to the story, may confuse younger children ("Celia would grow up to be a queen, but she was not born a princess"), and specific musical references, such as "Afro-Cuban rhythms," will likely be lost on youngsters. That said, Chambers' enthusiasm for her subject is contagious, and the bright, uncluttered paintings of rounded, stylized figures in saturated, tropical hues echo the energy in the words. With few books about Cruz available for this age group, this is a welcome addition to the biography shelves. An author's note, a discography, and a glossary of Spanish words used in the text are appended. Suggest this with Andrea Davis Pinkney's Ella Fitzgerald (2002) for another picture-book view of a legendary female vocalist. Gillian Engberg
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary Susan on June 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
From the moment of first reading this book, I was drawn in by the flowery language that described the life of a real person who influenced so many with her God-given talent. It, also, opens the door for discussion on why there are not more books for little girls of color to relate to. The illustrations and the language are absolutely "awesome" together.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am (...), so I couldn't read this by myself, but my mom read it to me. It was very good. I liked the pictures and the story of how she became the Queen of Salsa.
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I use this book in my elementary Spanish classes during Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15). Some years I read it aloud to the students, followed by on-line videos of Celia herself. Other years, I assign a coop group to read the book, conduct research, and make a presentation about Celia Cruz to the class. The book is very appealing to the students and easy to read.
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