From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3 ;Anita comes home from school on her seventh birthday to find her mother singing opera and floating in the air. Outside, her dog, Tito, is also floating. "'It's been happening all day, every time I sing!'" says Mama. Then Anita realizes that everyone who hears the music floats, too. But, when some nosy neighbors complain that their pig, goat, and cow are floating, Grandma orders her daughter to stop singing. Mama grows sad, the cow won't give milk, the pig won't eat, and the goat won't sleep. Everyone is miserable. An old picture with a cow stuck in a mango tree helps Anita, Grandma, and Mama discover the special gift that all the women in the family have. Lacámara's debut weaves together a stirring Caribbean tale inspired by her Cuban roots and her mother's opera singing. Both the English and Spanish versions of the story are fun and easy to read, and also well translated. The fusion of Morales's collage illustrations, with bright energetic colors, large warm brown characters, and real photographs interspersed with digitally enhanced foliage, will help children's imaginations take flight. A grand addition to most bilingual collection. ;Angélica Sauceda, Anaheim Public Library, Anaheim, CA
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The plump forms in Morales’ illustrations paradoxically float as lightly as the titular song in this bilingual English-Spanish picture book. Glowing colors, further brightened by golden-pastel highlights, work along with gently curved hills, tree branches, and postures to carry the story forward, complementing its magic realism. On Anita’s seventh birthday, she comes home to find her mother literally floating on air as she sings. “It’s been happening all day, Anita, every time I sing. Singing makes me so happy,” Mama explains. The happy music also lifts the spirits, and bodies, of those who hear Mama—which leads, alas, to trouble when local animals fly from their owners. Scolded by Anita’s abuelita, Mama stops singing, but the resulting sadness is too much for the little girl to bear. Seeking a cure, she discovers the family secret. The story flows smoothly, with the English prose hovering over the Spanish and easing along this pleasant folklorish collaboration from debut author Lacamara and the Pura Belpré Award–winning Morales. Grades K-3. --Karen Cruze