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A bailar! / Let's Dance! Bilingual Edition
Contributor(s): Cofer, Judith Ortiz, Rodriguez, Christina Ann (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1558856986     ISBN-13: 9781558856981
Publisher: Pinata Books
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Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: October 2011
Annotation: A bailer! There's music in the park today—let's dance!" Marita and her mother are finishing their Saturday chores and anticipating Papi's salsa concert in the park that night, so Mami makes the broom her dance partner to show her daughter how to dance to the music.

That afternoon, they put on their best dresses and dancing shoes, and old Don José says they look like "dos lindas flores." He follows them slowly, “his cane tapping out a salsa beat on the sidewalk.” The music floats in and out of the barrio's alleys, calling listeners to move, move, move. Soon Marita and her mother are leading a parade of neighbors and friends dancing and singing their way to the concert.

Judith Ortiz Cofer's lyrical text combining English and Spanish is complemented by Christina Ann Rodriguez's vibrant images of the neighborhood's unique characters reveling in the beat of the music. Families will delight in reading together this warm, energetic look at one community's enjoyment of the sights and sounds of salsa music.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dance; Fiction.
Salsa (Music); Fiction.
Hispanic Americans; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2010054522
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.25" H x 11.50" W x 0.25" (0.80 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 147135
Reading Level: 3.3   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 November)

PreS-Gr 4—Cofer has crafted a delightful story, capturing the heart of the Latino community as it interweaves dance and life. A girl is excited to hear Papi play salsa music in the park. She and her mother don red dresses, dance through the streets, and collect friends and neighbors on their way. Realistic, full-color oil illustrations utilize captivating combinations of purples, reds, and pastels, portraying a barrio where people know and care about one another. A policeman stops traffic for the dancing neighbors to cross the street. An elderly vendor selling from a truck bed gives a rose to the girl. A yellow border with red speckles, square spirals, and roses frames the text and smaller illustrations. Musical staffs, notes, and clefs snake through the pages. The predominantly English presentation repeats a small block of Spanish/English text on each page. Overall, the illustrations are quite striking, but the perspectives are off at times. Although the text implies otherwise, the crowd doesn't dance but only listens to the music. However, the strength of the story overshadows the inconsistent details in the art.—Cristi Jenkins, Fort Vancouver Regional Library System, WA

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