6.30.2011

Under the Mambo Moon


By Julia Durango
Illustrated by Fabricio VandenBroeck

Charlesbridge Publishing
July 2011


On summer nights Marisol helps out in her father's music store and chats with the customers who arrive throughout the evening. In a dazzling array of poetry, each customer tells of a favorite form of Latin dance or music—from salsa to tango to the cha-cha-cha. Back matter includes a map, an author's note, and further information about the diverse musical heritage of Latin America.


Hearts fly home when
the music's
Just Right.


* "A vivid mingling of poetry, narrative, and art." ~ Publishers Weekly (starred review)

* "This lively book will delight independent readers, dancers, and artists and provide a fun and accessible introduction to Latin American history and its lasting heritage of music and dance." ~ Booklist (starred review)

* "A sparkling addition to any library." ~ School Library Journal

* "Each poem swings, sways and dances to a different rhythm." ~ Fort Worth Star-Telegram 

* "These lively poems by Julia Durango capture the rhythm and energy of the dances themselves, with Fabricio VandenBroeck’s illustrations a vibrant swirl of color and line."
~ Washington Parent 


* Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List 2012 - 2013

* Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year 2012

* Included in Fox News Latino's 5 Children's Books That Teach about Latino Culture.

* Listed on Book Links Lasting Connections of 2011 for books that "most effectively connect to school curriculum."

* Named a Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2012, a cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children's Book Council.


"Parents and teachers: This book is an awesome resource if you are studying music, Latin America, culture, traditions, multiculturalism, the colonization of the Americas, etc." ~ Latin Baby Book Club


Teacher Guide by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

Meet the Author Audio by TeachingBooks.net

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