Lola's Fandango [With CD (Audio)]
Lola's Fandango An intimate parent-child relationship story which encourages young readers to discover their own potential and take pride in their talents. Full description
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Barefoot Books
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In my children’s room at the library the requests I receive at the reference desk from kids and their parents vary widely. On the subject of dance there’s a lot of variety. If kids want a picture book about dancing, they usually know what kind of dance they have in mind. Ballet. Tap. That sort of thing. However, since the rise of family friendly dance-related television shows like So You Think You Can Dance? kids are now discovering that there’s a whole world of dances out there that they might...more
Oct 06, 2012 Mary Ann rated it 4 of 5 stars
Like many younger sisters, Lola is jealous of her older sister Clementina. Lola yearns to have something special that she can do -- something that makes her stand out. When she learns that her mother used to dance the flamenco with special polka-dot high heels, she pleads with her Papi to teach her. Papi tells her that it takes duende - spirit or attitude - to learn the flamenco. “‘But I have that!’ Lola shouts and throws her arms in the air and makes a serious face.” Children will relate to Lol...more
Jan 28, 2014 Monica rated it 3 of 5 stars
Lola's voice on CD was whiny and annoying. The rest of the characters on audio and the accompanying music was well done. The story was good, but could have used a few more engaging illustrations.
This book i found very touching, a little girl living in the shadow of a beautiful sister who seems to have it all. including all the positive attention. But with the help of dad she find s not only something she is interested in , But something her mother use to do that she never knew about. And something her and her mother and father can share just between them. And when she get the dress and shoes it was her time to shine and she did.And the bond between her and her mother blossomed. A GOOD...more
Apr 12, 2013 Rosa rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
A story book for slightly older children that tells how Lola begins to learn the flamenco from her father after being inspired by finding her mother’s old flamenco shoes in the closet. She feels as though she’s not special compared to her older sister and learning dance from her father makes her feel special. She works very hard and performs at her mother’s surprise party. The art style is bright and colorful and does a good job showing the movement of the story.
May 04, 2012 Marcia rated it 4 of 5 stars
A nicely done picture book, with colorful collage illustrations and a spunky little sister. Lola wants to learn to Flamenco dance like her mom, and dad secretly takes her to the roof of their apartment building to learn. With plenty of chances for listener interaction, it made a great read aloud for kindergarten today. With a few Spanish words thrown in, it had a fun rythme. The illustrator, Micha Archer visits our school this weekend for a special program. Let's dance!
While I can't evaluate the story much, as I don't understand enough Spanish to do it justice, I did enjoy listening to the cd. The production included multiple actors voicing the different parts, including music, and the clapping, snapping, and foot tapping that embodies flamenco.
Well who wouldn't want to take flameco lessons after reading this? I really enjoyed the story and the illustrations. I love The Wise Fool with the same illustrator, so it was nice to see similar work for a very different story. Bonus! - a CD with music and the story narrated!
I read the Spanish version. The words are perfect for a children's book. The collage based illustrations are lovely. This book comes with a cd, so kids could read it on their own! bonus. This could teach children that hard work produces results.