Floating on Mama's song = Flotando en la cancion d
Floating on Mama's song = Flotando en la cancion d

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Annotation: A seven-year-old girl is amazed when her mother's singing suddenly begins to make her listeners float, but Grandma says she must stop, making Mama terribly sad until her daughter makes her smile again.
Catalog Number: #46928
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: 2010
Illustrator: Morales, Yuyi,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-084368-3 Perma-Bound: 0-605-47657-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-084368-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-47657-8
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2009031562
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
ALA Booklist
The plump forms in Morales' illustrations paradoxically float as lightly as the titular song in this bilingual English-Spanish picture book. Glowing colors, further brightened by golden-pastel highlights, work along with gently curved hills, tree branches, and postures to carry the story forward, complementing its magic realism. On Anita's seventh birthday, she comes home to find her mother literally floating on air as she sings. "It's been happening all day, Anita, every time I sing. Singing makes me so happy," Mama explains. The happy music also lifts the spirits, and bodies, of those who hear Mama ich leads, alas, to trouble when local animals fly from their owners. Scolded by Anita's abuelita, Mama stops singing, but the resulting sadness is too much for the little girl to bear. Seeking a cure, she discovers the family secret. The story flows smoothly, with the English prose hovering over the Spanish and easing along this pleasant folklorish collaboration from debut author Lacamara and the Pura Belpré Award winning Morales.
Horn Book
When Anita's mom sings she floats in the air, and everyone who hears her floats as well. The neighbors complain, Mama stops singing, and then things go bad with the village animals. Anita discovers a secret about her grandmother that solves the problem. Morales's incandescent illustrations support Lacamara's lovely text, an exercise in Latin American magical realism for picture book readers.
Kirkus Reviews
When Anita turns seven, something magical happens—her mother's singing makes listeners float. But societal pressure soon quiets Mama, making her spirit sick. To help her mother, Anita unlocks a key to her grandmother's past, allowing the family to once again rise in song. Morales's lyrical illustrations, done in a warm, soothing palette, work well with the dual-language text. Compositionally they are flowing, organic and rounded; but the most intriguing aspect of the artwork is the way the Pura Belpre winner draws with the computer, using it to successfully execute her vision. Textures are created and colors are applied to appear like a pastel, but instead of being muted and muddled, she uses digital collage to create the hard edges that define the boundaries between the organic shapes. In one tender spread, Anita braids Mama's hair, while her baby brother blows bubbles, delicately expressing Mama's sadness while capturing the children's loving, innocent gestures. Together, author and illustrator offer a story filled with whimsy and humor about the power of voice and family. (Picture book. 4-7)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3&12; Anita comes home from school on her seventh birthday to find her mother singing opera and floating in the air. Outside, her dog, Tito, is also floating. "'It's been happening all day, every time I sing!'" says Mama. Then Anita realizes that everyone who hears the music floats, too. But, when some nosy neighbors complain that their pig, goat, and cow are floating, Grandma orders her daughter to stop singing. Mama grows sad, the cow won't give milk, the pig won't eat, and the goat won't sleep. Everyone is miserable. An old picture with a cow stuck in a mango tree helps Anita, Grandma, and Mama discover the special gift that all the women in the family have. Lac&5;mara's debut weaves together a stirring Caribbean tale inspired by her Cuban roots and her mother's opera singing. Both the English and Spanish versions of the story are fun and easy to read, and also well translated. The fusion of Morales's collage illustrations, with bright energetic colors, large warm brown characters, and real photographs interspersed with digitally enhanced foliage, will help children's imaginations take flight. A grand addition to most bilingual collection.&12; Ang&3;lica Sauceda, Anaheim Public Library, Anaheim, CA
Starred Review for Publishers Weekly
Lac%C3%A1mara debuts with a whimsical bilingual tale of a family whose love of music takes a magical turn when the narrator, Anita, turns seven. Anita arrives home to find her mother singing: nothing unusual there, except that she's floating in the air while doing so. Mother and daughter are delighted, but Anita's grandmother is displeased, as are the neighbors. Promising not to sing breaks Anita's mother's spirit, and it's up to Anita to set things right. Morales's luminous paintings are a vision, rife with sly characterizations, warm familial bonds, and the joy that music brings. Ages 4%E2%80%937. (Sept.)
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Word Count: 695
Reading Level: 2.7
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 138907 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:1.5 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q50333
Lexile: AD470L

Anita's mama loves to sing. She sings such beautiful, happy songs that something magical happens: Everyone who hears her music floats high above the ground. But then Mama stops singing. Can Anita find a way to bring back happy times and magical moments for her family?

Debut author Laura Lacámara's lyrical, uplifting tale is paired with Yuyi Morales's stunning art for a magical celebration of family, music, and happiness.

A la mamá de Anita le encanta cantar. Sus canciones son tan bonitas y felices que crean algo mágico: todo el que escucha su música se eleva y flota en el aire. Pero la mamá de Anita deja de cantar. ¿Logrará Anita recobrar los tiempos felices y los momentos mágicos para ella y su familia?

La lírica e inspiradora historia de Laura Lacámara y el arte espectacular de Yuyi Morales retratan una celebración mágica de la familia, la música y la felicidad.

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