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Lola's Fandango Hardcover – September 1, 2011
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With a B.A. in Multicultural Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst she taught for 15 years in a Kindergarten classroom. In addition to consulting with teachers on incorporating art into their classrooms, she offers workshops and classes to children, adults and other artists.
Her design and illustration clients include; the Massachusetts Department of Parks and Recreation, Liberty Bottles, A series of book covers for Interlink Publishing, Cricket Magazine, McGraw Hill, Hartcourt, Scholastic, Pearson-Scott Foresman and two children's books with Barefoot Books; Lola's Fandango and The Wise Fool.
She is a member of WMIG- Western Mass. Illustrators Guild (www.wmig.org)
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Things are rough for Lola. Her older sister Clementina has everything better. First, there's her awesome name. Then there's her ability to draw. On top of that is her great hair, her friends, her room, the list goes on and on. Lola would love to have at least one thing to make her special . . . and then she finds her mother's flamenco shoes. Instantly Lola is intrigued. Her mother doesn't dance anymore, of course, but her father used to and he's willing to teach her. In secret then Lola learns to dance, and when her mother's birthday arrives, Lola may have the perfect gift. But will she have the guts to perform in front of a crowd? The book comes with an audio CD of the text.
When you write a picture book it tends to be good to have more than one idea floating about your story. Which is to say, if you're writing a tale like this one and you want to make it about a little girl who learns a new dance, I would highly recommend doing what author Anna Witte does here.Read more ›
Most folks (I've not read all the reviews) talk about the colorful illustrations (they are) and the song on the CD. What many don't realize is that the narration is by "The Amador Family". At first I didn't recognize the name but when I read further I realized that the "parents" in the Family are Brian and Rosi of one of my favorite world music groups Sol y Canto. Here they are joined by their two twin 15 year old daughters. I'll suggest that you google "Sol y Canto" and discover their musical performances.
The next thing is that I'm not sure that many of those who purchased this book realize that the CD does play in their CD player as an audio CD but it's really a CD-ROM and if you put it in your PC Drive, click on the drive and then on the BarefootWindows.exe icon it will open to become a multimedia version. First you can watch the ANIMATED version of the story with the narration. Then you can choose the version with the "bouncing ball" and follow along. A third option is to have just the music (karaoke-style) with the printed lyrics and you can "be the star" as the video says. When I say the word "you" I mean you and your child (or children).
So, if you are reading this review and already own the book, and haven't put the disc in your PC yet.... Go ahead... you'll find new ways to enjoy it.
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Daughter loved it because she could relate to the story as she is learning how to dance Flamenco.Published 14 months ago by Richard Trevino