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A fun and informative bilingual look at the music and dance known as salsa.
by Lilian Colón-Vilá
Illustrations by Roberta Collier-Morales
Publication Date: 1998
Imprint: Piñata Books
Young Rita gets all kinds of advice about salsa music from her family—how to play and sing it, how to dance to it, even how to dress for it! Learning about dance steps and musical instruments such as the güiro, timbales, and congas, Rita becomes so filled with enthusiasm that she dreams of someday becoming a salsa band director.
While introducing young readers to the delights of this rich music, Colón-Vilá explores the combination of African, Caribbean, and American cultures that created it. With vibrant illustrations that capture the very essence, spirit, and rhythm of salsa, this captivating picture will have both children and adults tapping their feet as they read this lively tale.
LILIAN COLÓN-VILÁ is a bilingual education teacher in Florida, where she lives with her family. She has developed after-school programs for children and workshops for teachers that connect literature and various art forms, including dance, art and drama.
ROBERTA COLLIER-MORALES lives and works in Boulder, Colorado.
ATOS Interest Level: Lower Grades
Category: Picture Book
ATOS English: 3.5
ATOS Spanish: 4.2
Accelerated Reader Quiz #: 19994