“Sofi and the Magic, Musical Mural: Sofi y el mágico mural musical” Raquel M. Ortiz

Rated 4 stars **** Piñata Books (Arte Público Press). 2015. (Includes a Glossary and Information about the Mural.)

SofiAndTheMagicMusicalMuralA cold, wintry day in the city is transformed for a young girl when she is sent on an errand by her mother. While passing a mural of Puerto Rican symbols, she finds herself transported into Old San Juan. There she experiences Puerto Rican music, dance and culture, including meeting a Vejigante who had previously filled her with fear.

This bilingual fantastical tale is a light foray into Puerto Rican culture and symbolism, allowing readers to “taste” parts of the Island and learn more about this Caribbean treasure.

Recommended for ages 6-9.

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