¡Mambo Mucho Mambo! the Dance That Crossed Color Lines
¡Mambo Mucho Mambo! the Dance That Crossed Color Lines
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Annotation: New York City’s desegregated Palladium Ballroom springs to life with a diverse 1940s cast in this jazzy picture-book tri... more
Catalog Number: #308602
Format: Perma-Bound from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-536-20608-3 Perma-Bound: 0-8000-0904-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-536-20608-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8000-0904-5
Dewey: 792
Language: English
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Kirkus Reviews
Traces the history of the mambo, the Latin jazz dance with such a thrilling beat everyone, regardless of color, danced to it.Dynamic text goes hand in hand with vibrant, motion-filled illustrations to tell the story of the Latin sound that swept through New York and then the country in the 1940s and ’50s. Dancers whirl and twirl across double-page spreads as people from different neighborhoods followed the 1940s rules: They danced but did not mix. “Italians danced in Italian places,” and so it was with Puerto Ricans, Black people, Jews, and so forth. “Then came a band called Machito and His Afro-Cubans” with “a brand-new sound called Latin Jazz.” It “was music for the head, the heart, and the hips,” and everyone danced to it—but they still did not dance together. Then, “in 1948, the Palladium Ballroom broke the rules” by opening its doors to everyone. People came from all over the city and listened and danced to this bold new music that transcended ethnic and racial lines: the mambo. In an author’s note, readers learn that a number of the characters introduced are real people who went on to become well-known mambo dancers. In keeping with the title of the book and the spirit of the dance, cast members represent different ethnicities and races. The book publishes simultaneously in Spanish, with a translation by Georgina Lázaro.Exuberant, just like the dance. (resources) (Informational picture book. 7-10)
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*Starred Review* Young readers will be pulled into 1940s New York, a time of segregation where it was frowned upon for people from different neighborhoods and cultures to mingle. But something exciting was happening in the city: a new music style blending Latin and jazz was being born, with lively, vibrant tunes that sent a thrill through listeners, encouraging them to dance. When Palladium, a local dance hall, opened as a desegregated space, people from different neighborhoods and backgrounds came together to dance. Latin jazz had people dancing and jumping, creating new moves and a new style of dance known as mambo, which drew in people from a variety of communities. The English text is both conversational and informative, using such lively verbs, such as "jiggled," "rumbled," and "swiveled," which will allow readers to feel the electricity of this music and dance move as they read. Realistic illustrations with historical details bring to life the many moves and twirls dance couples enjoyed in close-up views. Additional back matter rounds out this eye-catching account of the cultural impact of Latin jazz and mambo.
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Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: 1-4

New York City’s desegregated Palladium Ballroom springs to life with a diverse 1940s cast in this jazzy picture-book tribute to the history of mambo and Latin jazz.

Millie danced to jazz in her Italian neighborhood. Pedro danced to Latin songs in his Puerto Rican neighborhood. It was the 1940s in New York City, and they were forbidden to dance together . . . until first a band and then a ballroom broke the rules. Machito and His Afro-Cubans hit the scene with a brand-new sound, blending jazz trumpets and saxophones with Latin maracas and congas creating Latin jazz, music for the head, the heart, and the hips. Then the Palladium Ballroom issued a bold challenge to segregation and threw open its doors to all. Illustrated with verve and told through real-life characters who feature in an afterword, ¡Mambo Mucho Mambo! portrays the power of music and dance to transcend racial, religious, and ethnic boundaries.


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