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Mama Does the Mambo

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  22 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Sofia loved to watch her parents dance, her father's back straight and strong, her mother's skirts whipping a million lights. But Papa's been gone a long time now, and Sofia's beginning to wonder if she'll ever see her beautiful Mama dance again.Katherine Leiner explores the enduring nature of love and the depths of family relationships in this masterfully crafted story. R ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 30th 2001 by Hyperion Books for Children (first published September 15th 2001)
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NS Kelley
Oct 01, 2009 NS Kelley rated it really liked it
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Sofia’s father died, and as a result her mother stopped dancing. This sadden her very much, for not only did she miss her father but also her mother’s dancing. With the annual Carnival, where her mother and father always performed, quickly approaching Sofia goes in search of the perfect dancing partner for her mother.

Leiner is able to stir a profound emotional response within the reader by dealing with an issue that most everyone can relate to, death. The sense of loss, sadness, and lonelines
Christina Taylor
Aug 02, 2012 Christina Taylor rated it it was amazing
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Sofia loved to watch the magic of her parents dancing. However, when Sofia’s father dies, Mama not only loses her dance partner but also stops dancing altogether. As Carnival season approaches, the neighbors urge Sofia to help Mama find a new dance partner. Although suitors come from all around to petition their cases, Mama’s heart doesn’t seem to be in it. Nonetheless, at Carnival, Mama demonstrates to all that she has not permanently lost the dance in her spirit and does the Mambo again. Rodri ...more
Jan 20, 2010 Sharon rated it really liked it
Mama Does the Mambo tells the intimate story of a mother and daugther's struggle to recuperate after the most important man in their life passes. No longer does Mama want to dance the Mambo because she does not have her companion to share her love of this dance with any more. Initially, the premise of the story striked me as sad but it is also heartfelt and despite the fact that a new man comes into Mama's life, she is inspired to dance the Mambo again but not because of her new man but because ...more
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Jul 01, 2010 Behind The Book rated it it was amazing
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This is the heartwarming tale of a girl named Sofia, who helps her mother to dance again. After her father dies, her mother stops dancing, and Sofia, along with the rest of her town, eagerly looks around for a new dancing partner for her mother.

The tale is well-written and beautifully illustrated. Leiner does an incredible job of depicting the depth of familial relationships and the true nature of love through the lives of Sofia and her mother.
Mar 23, 2010 Cortney rated it really liked it
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I began to tear up as I read /Mama Does the Mambo/ to Vivienne. It's a really great story which takes place after a little girls father has died and how her mama doesn't dance anymore. It's very uplifting and I nice way to introduce love, death and resilience into the conversation with a toddler.
Jun 11, 2009 h rated it it was ok
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a child narrator would not describe her parents' bodies so sensually. just try reading this out loud without sounding like a cheap romance novel. the Spanish words the (apparently) Norteamericana author peppers the story with sound forced. the illustrations were lovely, however.
Dani Paiz
This book was very text heavy. A young girl's father dies and her mother no longer dances when it happens. Her mother meets a new man and she eventually starts dancing again. This is good for narrative skill and word/letter knowledge. I'd recommend it for ages 3-5.
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Katherine Leiner has been writing since she was a child. She has published many award-winning books for children and young adults and, more recently, her first novel for adults, Digging Out, published by Penguin. She is working on another novel due out in 2012. "
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