“Finding the music: En pos de la música” Jennifer Torres

Rated 4 stars **** Children’s Book Press (Lee & Low Books). 2015. (Includes a Glossary and Pronunciation Guide as well as an Author’s Note.)

FindingTheMusicEnPosDeLaMusicaReyna is upset because her mother’s restaurant is too noisy and, while expressing her exasperation, accidentally breaks her grandfather’s vihuela (a guitar used to play mariachi music.) While trying to get it fixed she discovers various aspects of her grandfather’s musical career, which had not previously been of interest. Reyna’s journey to fix the vihuela leads to a journey of her own roots, leaving her with a greater appreciation of her grandfather’s accomplishments.

This well written bilingual picture book is a fun way to introduce young children to vihuelas and mariachi music, while Alarcao’s realistic drawings help Reyna’s story come to life.

Recommended for ages 7-10.


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