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Finding the Music = En pos de la m鷖ica

by Jennifer Torres
Illustrated by Renato Alarc鉶
Translated by Alexis Romay from the English

Published by Children抯 Book Press / Lee & Low, 2015
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢠪92392919

Ages 58

When Reyna accidentally breaks her late grandfather抯 vihuela, a small guitar-like instrument he played in a mariachi band, she asks various community members to help her fix it before her mother finds out. During her visits to her music teacher, the music store, the hardware store, and other places, Reyna learns more about her abuelito and mariachi music. Each person also gives her an object related to her grandfather梙is old hat, a photo, a record of his band梬hich Reyna brings home to share with her mother. A warm, bilingual picture book has a strong, satisfying storyline that conveys a vibrant sense of community and family, reflected in the acrylic illustrations. A note provides more information about mariachi music, which grew out of the blending of indigenous and Spanish musical traditions in Mexico.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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