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Lola's Fandango Hardcover – September 1, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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”
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A wonderful book! Beautiful illustrations! Makes you want to dance!Published 24 days ago by Jeanne Fowler
Daughter loved it because she could relate to the story as she is learning how to dance Flamenco.Published 20 months ago by Richard Trevino
My 3 & 5 yr old girls love this book and we have to listen to the cd every time we are in the car. My 3 yr old wants to learn Flamenco dancing now! Read morePublished on October 4, 2012 by Brittany