It’s singing, it’s dancing, it’s guitar playing! It’s an exciting, expressive art form that has evolved over hundreds of years.
Alejandro’s parents came from Venezuela. He helps his mother shop for the special ingredients that are turned into the special meals from the home country. His friends from El Salvador and Mexico have theirs. The book is filled with tacos, sancocho, arepas, and many other goodies.
Three children follow their heritages through the music they play. Janira dances and her brother plays flamenco, Jovita sings and plays with a mariachi band, and Juan Julian follows in the footsteps of his father and older brother playing percussion with Salsa.
There are many holidays in Latin America and each country has their own way of celebrating them. Jose’s parents came from Puerto Rico and they celebrate Three Kings Day. Valeria takes part in Bolivia’s Carnival. Cristobal from Ecuador celebrates the Day of the Dead. Zofía’s family were early Spanish settlers in the Southwest and they celebrate Las Posadas.
Christopher’s parents came from Central America. His father from El Salvador, his mother from Guatemala. He goes to the Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Los Angeles. We meet his friends, teachers, and principal. For the harvest festival the entire school, both students and teachers, gets dressed up in costumes.
There are many neighborhoods where Spanish is spoken in the homes, on the streets, in the stores, and in the schools. We visit Marc Anthony’s barrio in Brooklyn, New York. His parents came from Puerto Rico and he takes us to see the murals, the stores, the subway and the people of his neighborhood.