In this vibrant bilingual picture book biography of musician Tito Puente, readers will dance along to the beat of this mambo king's life. Tito Puente loved banging pots and pans as a child, but what he really dreamed of was having his own band one day.Read more...
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In this vibrant bilingual picture book biography of musician Tito Puente, readers will dance along to the beat of this mambo king's life. Tito Puente loved banging pots and pans as a child, but what he really dreamed of was having his own band one day. From Spanish Harlem to the Grammy Awards--and all the beats in between--this is the true life story of a boy whose passion for music turned him into the "King of Mambo."
Award-winning author-illustrator duo Monica Brown and Rafael Lopez bring the remarkable story of this talented legend to life in this Pura Belpre Honor Book. Supports the Common Core State Standards.
- ISBN-13: 9780061227837
- ISBN-10: 0061227838
- Publisher: Rayo
- Publish Date: March 2013
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 6-9
Series: Pura Belpre Honor Books - Illustration Honor
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-02-04
- Reviewer: Staff
As Brown explains, Tito Puente (1923–2000) made music his entire life, from banging “spoons and forks on pots and pans, windowsills and cans,” to learning the saxophone while serving in the Navy during WWII, studying at Juilliard, and leading the big band that carried his name. Brown’s bilingual text echoes the rhythms of salsa, mambo, and jazz (“The claves smacked clackity clackity clack clack”), yet feels somewhat subdued next to Lopez’s sizzling acrylics, which have a weathered, mural-like quality but are anything but flat. Ages 4–8. Agent: Stefanie Von Borstel, Full Circle Literary. (Mar.)