My Name is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz = Me Llamo Celia: la Vida de Celia Cruz
My Name is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz = Me Llamo Celia: la Vida de Celia Cruz

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Annotation: Presents the life of popular salsa singer, Celia Cruz, an Afro-Cuban woman whose career brought her through Mexico to the United States.
Catalog Number: #2060
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2004
Edition Date: 2004
Illustrator: Lopez, Rafael,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-87358-872-X Perma-Bound: 0-605-06030-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-87358-872-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-06030-2
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2004004883
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
Horn Book
Brown has the Queen of Salsa tell her own story in a first-person narrative. The vivid poetic language makes the sights, sounds, and smells of Havana, New York, and Miami come alive (but is somewhat vague about details). López's bold, almost-cubist illustrations suit the story, interpreting the bilingual text's magical realism. A one-page afterword fills in some biographical information.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-An exuberant picture-book biography of the Cuban-born salsa singer. From its rhythmic opening, the first-person narrative dances readers through Cruz's youth in Havana, a childhood bounded by scents of nature and home, the sweet taste of sugar, and the sound of music. A singer from an early age, Cruz sang so continually that one of her teachers finally urged her to share her voice with the world. Thus encouraged, she entered competitions, undeterred when her racial heritage prevented her from competing--undeterred, even, when the advent of Castro's communist regime forced her to leave Cuba as a refugee. Positive even in exile, Cruz made New York City her own and took Miami by storm. The salsa-influenced prose presented in English and in Spanish is followed by a straightforward vita of the singer, noting her death in July 2003. Lopez's distinguished, luminous acrylic paintings are alive with motion, lush with brilliantly layered colors, and informed with verve and symbolism. This is a brilliant introduction to a significant woman and her music. The only enhancement required is the music itself. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Horn Book (8/1/05)
Pura Belpre Honor
School Library Journal
Word Count: 1,187
Reading Level: 4.4
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 82526 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.6 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q37526
Lexile: AD850L

This 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 salsa."

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