When Julia Danced Bomba/ Cuando Julia bailaba bomba

When Julia Danced Bomba/ Cuando Julia bailaba bomba


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“Julia, they’re already warming up. Hurry!” Cheito says to his little sister as they rush to their bomba class. Cheito is a natural on the drums, but Julia isn’t as enthusiastic about dancing.

Julia tries to imitate the best dancer in the class, but her turns are still too slow, her steps too big. She just can’t do anything right! When the instructor announces the younger students will be participating in the bombazo and performing a solo, Julia is terrified. When it’s her turn, she takes a deep breath, closes her eyes and focuses on the beat of the drum. As she dances, Julia notices that the drums are actually talking to her. Feeling braver, she stops worrying and trying so hard. Instead, she loses herself in the rhythm of the bomba drums and enjoys herself!

Introducing children—and adults!—to the Afro-Latino tradition of bomba music and dancing, author and educator Raquel M. Ortiz shares another story for children ages 5-9 about her rich Puerto Rican heritage. With lively illustrations by Flor de Vita that aptly express Julia’s frustration, fear and joy, this book will help children understand that practicing—whether dance steps, dribbling a ball or playing a musical instrument—yields results!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558858862
Publisher: Arte Publico Press
Publication date: 10/31/2019
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 208,335
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Raquel M. Ortiz was born and raised in Lorain, Ohio, and has been making art and telling stories ever since she was a little girl. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Salamanca and has worked at The Brooklyn Museum, the Allen Memorial Art Museum and El Museo del Barrio. Raquel is the author of two bilingual picture books for children, Sofi and the Magic, Musical Mural / Sofi y el mágico mural musical (Piñata Books, 20XX) and Sofi Paints Her Dreams / Sofi pinta sus sueños (Piñata Books, 2019), El arte de la identidad (Editorial Universidad de Granada, 2011), the documentary Memories on the Wall: Education and Enrichment through Community Murals and textbooks and educational materials for children in Puerto Rico and the United States. She splits her time between New York City and Lorain, Ohio.

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