Vibrant folk art illustrations English and Spanish text telling of the life of Celia Cruz, a Cuban born Salsa singer who emigrated to the US after the revolution Nice biography in the back of Ms Cruz I can see reading this to a group, and it will be a nice addition to our school library English learners can see both Spanish and English text and visa versa. This biography of Celia Cruz s life is portrayed in a children s book and portrays a young Cuban girl named Celia She shares her journey starting off on a small island and moving to America She becomes a world renowned super star using her music and voice to bring happiness and joy to everyone Celia grows up poor but throughout her life she tells herself that she would keep studying and singing no matter what She explains her journey through the Cuban Revolution and her travels to Mexico and America She leaves Cuba and as a picture in the book depicts, it is with her suitcase, music, and her heart She makes new friends in the United States and starts playing with them, but her music never changed The last few pages go in depth about Celia Cruz s life and family She was known as the queen of salsa This was a wonderfully colorful book that would be gre Bilingual Book Allows Young Readers To Enter Celia Cruz S Life As She Becomes A Well Known Singer In Her Homeland Of Cuba, Then Moves To New York City And Miami Where She And Others Create A New Type Of Music Called SalsaBook Details Format Hardcover Publication DatePagesReading Level AgeAnd Trailer ß Me Llamo Celia/My Name Is Celia: La Vida de Celia Cruz/The Life Of Celia Cruz (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Winner (Awards)) PDF by ¹ Monica Brown Up My Name is Celia The Life of Celia Cruz, written by Monica Brown, with a genre in multicultural biography, and illustrated by Rafael Lopez, is about a girl, Celia, who grew up in Havana, Cuba and was a very talented singer Because her friends and family believe in her so much, she signs up for competitions Unfortunately, upon Fidel Castros arrival of communism, Celia and her family escape to the United States She still enters signing competitions, even though there is much racism against the Cuban people She works hard to prove them wrong and wants to become famous She ends up becoming a famous salsa singer in New York, then moving down to Miami This story shows young children that even when they face difficult times in their life, if they persevere, anything can happen The illustrations in this story show just how and what obstacles Celia overcame to follow h Ó Me Llamo Celia/My Name Is Celia: La Vida de Celia Cruz/The Life Of Celia Cruz (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Winner (Awards)) Û The My name is Celia is a book that tell the story of Celia Cruz This books is for 5 8 years, and grade level Kindergarten 3 grade However, I find the preschooler can enjoy the colorful story, too The book is been Multilingual, as it is in English and Spanish The illustrations is colorful , and show the Hispanic culture The book retell the story of Celia Cruz the Queen of Cuban of Salsa Since she lived her beautiful Cuba , and when she move to New York. I like this book The colorful illustrations match the colorful life of Celia Cruz She was born in Havana, Cuba and started singing at a young age She was inspired by a teacher to share her talent She soon formed a musical group called Sonora Matancera and ended up marrying the trumpet player, Pedro Knight Her music stayed true to her Havana roots and she was named the Queen of Salsa Her music crossed borders and she touched many lives throughout the world. This month is Hispanic Heritage so I decided to read Celia Cruz picture book I m so happy the book is in bilingual so English and Spanish children can real about Celia Cruz life The author takes you to a time when she was a little girl in Havana, Cuba Her passion for music has brought people of all races together.
This Americas Book Award winner is a beautiful book It is about the life and music of Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa This bilingual book is a great way to include Hispanic specifically Cuban culture into the classroom, appreciating the contributions Hispanics have made to the American culture. As I opened the text, I immediately acknowledged the bilingual formatting of the book The English to Spanish translation was accurate, and refreshing As a fan of Celia Cruz s story, and music, as well as the great granddaughter of a Cuban immigrant, I was fairly interested in reading the book and determining its cultural and historical accuracy, as well as age appropriateness I was pleasantly surprised with the book s representation of the vibrant and colorful Cuban culture, as well as its representation of the life of Celia Cruz and her world renown salsa music The book was authentic in its mentioning of the Cuban revolution, however, not as to sway a child s opinion on the revolution and current state of government Further, Celia s story of being separated from her family is an accurate portrayal of the lives of many Cuban immigrants, as it w Azucar Azucar This bilingual story takes us through the colorful, vibrant, and inspiring life of salsa queen Celia Cruz Born in Havana, Cuba, in 1924, Celia grew up loving to sing She wanted nothingthan for her voice to be heard and to share, with the world, the pure emotion that can come from music Faced with the obstacles of poverty and racial discrimination, Celia Cruz was a fighter who broke boundaries and crossed borders to make her dreams a reality During her lifetime she received several awards and touched the lives of many, spreading joy and happiness with song Despite her passing in 2003, Celia s music still lives on and continues to make a great impact This is a beautifully illustrated book, packed with bold colors, words, and movement The images really capture the strength, vivaciousness, and shining star that was Celia Cruz Growing up with a Latina mother I was fortunat
About The Author
Monica Brown, Ph.D is the author of awardwinning bilingual books for children, including My Name Is Celia The Life of Celia Cruz Me llamo Celia La vida de Celia Cruz Luna Rising , a recipient of the Am ricas Award for Children s Literature and a Pura Belpr Honor Her second picture book, My Name Is Gabriela The Life of Gabriela Mistral Me llamo Gabriela La vida de Gabriela Mistral Luna Ris