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Lola's Fandango Hardcover – September 1, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books; Rei/Com edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846861748
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846861741
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In my children's room at the library the requests I receive at the reference desk from kids and their parents vary widely. On the subject of dance there's a lot of variety. If kids want a picture book about dancing, they usually know what kind of dance they have in mind. Ballet. Tap. That sort of thing. However, since the rise of family friendly dance-related television shows like So You Think You Can Dance? kids are now discovering that there's a whole world of dances out there that they might never have known about. It gives a gal hope, particularly when I get to see books like Lola's Fandango. Here you have a great story with an abundance of Spanish words and great art that makes you sit up and take notice. If you're looking for a book that's a little bit different, this one's got your number.

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.
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I bought this book for my niece but I enjoyed reading it myself. As an amateur Flamenco dancer, I was initially drawn to the Fandango theme but I was additionally touched by the loving relationship between Lola and her father. I was also impressed by Lola's dedication to learning the basics both mentally and physically. This is a children's book yet the people seem 'real' and the story 'true'. Not a cutesy, kiddie story but even very young children will find it entertaining. Warm story with a happy ending.
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I discovered this delightful book - one of a few with CDs included - from Barefoot Books at Book Expo in New York last month. In reading the reviews already posted I noticed a few things about this book are missing and maybe those who have the book aren't getting the full enjoyment from it.

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.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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Lola's Fandango by Anna Witte and illustrated by Micha Archer captures both a child's struggle with sibling rivalry and a yearning to shine as well as a celebration of one's culture. Lola idolizes her sister Clementina and is also jealous of her skills, talents and position in the family. She wonders how she will ever be able to compete.
In a moment of mischief, Lola sneaks into her mother's closet and discovers an old pair of Flamenco dancing shoes. The shoes prompt her curiosity. She learns that her mother had been a Flamenco dancer. Lola persuades her Papi to teach her how to dance.
She practices diligently and proudly surprises her Mami with her performance. Together they celebrate in Flamenco style. Bold illustrations exude energy and color and perfectly capture the zest of the Flamenco style. The rhythm of the language makes one want to snap fingers and tap feet.
One criticism: Lola throws a bit of a tantrum over her lack of a special dress to wear for her dance. Papi surprises her with the ruffled dress of her dreams. I wish the author had omitted Lola's fit of pique and simply included Papi's surprise as an acknowledgment of Lola's efforts. Still, Lola's Fandango is a charming read with a Latin flair.

Adoption-attuned Lens: This book celebrates a cultural tradition that is vibrant, connects through the generations and which brings joy to all. It presents a great opportunity to talk about whatever traditions are in an adopted child's history as well as in the adoptive families. Perhaps it might start a family activity inspired by an interest in recapturing and honoring one's cultural traditions.—Gayle H. Swift, “ABC, Adoption & Me, A Multicultural Picture Book”
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