Celia Cruz is the well-known queen of Salsa. She was an amazing performer bringing to America all the color, sweetness and flavor of Cuba. Celia Cruz is another amazing artist to learn about this Hispanic Heritage Month. Monica Brown captures her life and art in the amazing picture book My Name is Celia, The Life of Celia Cruz.
Learning about Celia Cruz was exciting, these books are a magnificent way to learn. Monica Brown really goes above and beyond with her work on biographical picture books. Not only do we learn about the subjects life, we also usually learn some Spanish along the way. Monica’s bilingual books are so much fun and a great addition to our Spanish lessons.
My Name is Celia, The Life of Celia Cruz written by Monica Brown, illustrated by Rafael Lopez is an inspirational tale of Celia Cruz’s life. Born in Havana, Cuba. Celia Cruz was one of the most popular Salsa performers of all time, recording 23 gold records with legendary Tito Puente. Overcoming plenty of adversity such as not being allowed to sing in certain places because of the color of her skin and relocating from her native country to America. Her life was not easy, nothing was handed to her. She worked hard to and her talent was recognized. The writing and art in this book are amazing. The images are bright and colorful just like Celia and her music. The rhythmic text guides us on the journey of Celia’s life. Monica strikes gold again with this book. Check out this book to introduce your little one to Celia Cruz.
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