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Where Fireflies Dance / Ahí, donde bailan las luciérnagas Hardcover – June 24, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Children's Book Press; Bilingual edition (June 24, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892391456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892391455
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,012,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4?Lyrically phrased in both Spanish and English, this warm family story opens a window to a rural Mexican upbringing. The narrator and her brother investigate a haunted house and recount the story of Juan Sebastian, whose ghost is said to visit it. Frightened by strange noises, the two run from the house straight into the music coming from the new jukebox at the cantina. Entranced, they begin to visit the bar nightly, until their mother discovers them. Exiled from the place, the children discover that their father knows all of their favorite songs and will sing for them. Readers will identify with traditions and memories of special times. Reisberg's brilliantly colored, primitive illustrations and arresting borders add immeasurably to the sense of place. This is a sure winner for storytimes as well as a solid addition for schools with Spanish-speaking students.?Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Ages 5-9. Like a grandmother telling stories to her grandchildren, the author recalls part of her childhood in a small town in Mexico, spinning her tale in a delicate thread of anecdotes. She recalls how, together with her brother, Victor, she explored the spooky, deserted house of local hero Juan Sebastian, hearing later from her grandmother that Sebastian followed his "destiny" to fight and die in the Mexican Revolution. She also remembers sitting outside the cantina with her brother, waiting for favorite songs on the jukebox, and listening to stories and songs in their cozy home, contemplating what their own destinies might be. Bold, cheery illustrations will help attract readers to the unusually sophisticated (though still accessible) text, which appears on the page in both English and Spanish. Susan Dove Lempke

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent, but short, autobiographical story of the author's youth focusing on music and how it tied individual family members together. Vivid artwork enhances the story. Brief references to Mexico's fight for independence could open further discussion. Each page has English text with a Spanish translation below. An excellent read-aloud for 8 and up.
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Format: Paperback
Author Lucha Corpi's story, based on her own childhood, tells in English and Spanish of the ways music brings family together. Illustrator Mira Reisberg's vibrant artwork adds drama while presenting ethnic detail that pulls readers into the story.
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