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Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa
by Veronica Chambers
illustrated by Julie Maren
Veronica Chamber's writing style is vibrant and engaging. Take a look at the opening sentence...
In the fabled land of Havana, where rhythm grows, sweet and juicy, like oranges in Florida, there lived a girl.The illustrations are warm and bold and even a bit flamboyant...just like the singer herself. Sometimes I find myself flipping through the book just to look at the pictures.
Even though the story is written in such a way that both adults and children will enjoy it, Veronica has included a section of notes at the end that not only shares her own experience (she is an Afro-Latina, too, who was born in Panama) and gives more detailed insight into Celia's life. There's also a glossary and - eee! - a selected discography!!!
This would be a wonderful book to supplement studies on Celia Cruz, Black History Month, Afro-Latinos, salsa, Havana, Cuba, musicians, singers, Women's History Month, famous Latinas, aspirations, talent, encouragement, and more.
This book is written in English with Spanish words sprinkled throughout.