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Oye, Celia!

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A celebration of Celia Cruz, the legendary Queen of Salsa

A little girl carries her favorite record with her to an impromptu neighborhood dance party and calls out for her favorite singer. "Oye, Celia!" she shouts. And as she dances she tells Celia what she hears in her singing--loss, passion, sadness, happiness, history, and more.

Oye, Celia! is a beautiful, rhythmic tribut
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 17th 2007 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published 2007)
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May 02, 2016 Shugg rated it really liked it
A young girl travels through time with her favorite Celia Cruz album. As she walks about she recalls everything she loves about Celia Cruz and how it resonates with her. She takes pride in the culture that her and Celia share. This is a great book and can be used universally as the Spanish words that are used are easy for students to learn and remember whether or not they speak the language. This would be a great read aloud for small children.
Mar 04, 2012 Juliette rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book to be used with Hispanic culture and music, specifically Celia Cruz.

Plot line: Average. There is very little plot. A girl goes around carrying her favorite record calling for Celia to sing. While she listens to the music, the little girl talks about how Celia's music makes her feel.

Author: Excellent. The author is writing about a singer that she feels very close to.

Illustrations: Excellent. Variations in skin tone, hair, hair styles, and facial features. Also variations in clothes
Jenny Young
Jul 07, 2011 Jenny Young rated it it was amazing
Grades K-3

fiction; bilingual-Spanish


Illustrations were created with acrylics, spray-paint, pastels, and oil-based ink.

Personal response:
I really loved the rhythm in this book. The words were so fluid, they could probably be sung as a song. The repition of phrases and the use of Spanish words really make this a good book to read aloud to younger children. I also liked the glossary of terms author's note about her true experience with the "Queen of
Mar 21, 2010 Kristin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: latino-a
I thought this was a really good book for the younger students. There are great non-fiction books about well know people, but this story book is a great way to teach students about this amazing singer. She influenced her community in great ways.

This would be an ideal book for the month of March, which is Women's History Month. We could even use this for the older kids and have them read a children's book on a famous woman. The words and illustration in this book definitely sing to you as if the
Esther Choi
Oct 28, 2013 Esther Choi rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
This book is about the life and music of the Latin American singer, Celia Cruz. In the story, a young girl goes to a neighborhood party and hears the moving music of Celia Cruz that is full of emotion and prose. The tone in the book feels like a song. This poetic book includes sound sensory words, spanish words (with glossary in the back), and repetition. This would be a good book to use to integrate Latin American culture into the classroom

Reading Level: Grades 3-5 (ages 9-12)
Genre: Biography
L11-Mary Utterback
Feb 08, 2010 L11-Mary Utterback rated it really liked it
Shelves: latin-american
This book gave great insight into the life of Celia Cruz. This book is for grades 1-4. I can see myself reading this book aloud because the words are almost song across the pages. The author provides us with a page of translations and a history of Celia herself. I really enjoyed the illustration. The artist captured the cuban spirit through the movement of the characters.
T. Denise
Feb 02, 2009 T. Denise rated it liked it
Shelves: latin-american
The illustrations in this book were absolutely pulsating- they made me want to drop the book and dance. I also am very interested in learning more about Celia Cruz, and plan on ordering some of her music. The author makes a candid statement that her songs remind her of those that were lost in slavery, a tribute to their ancestors... Definitely worth reading.
Blessy Mathew
Oct 31, 2008 Blessy Mathew rated it really liked it
This picture book is a tribute to Celia Cruz, the famous Salsa Dancer. It is very poetic and the short descriptions evoke a simple Latin rhythm for young readers. The language is engaging, and the illustrations add a deeper meaning to the story as well. Children will be ready to embrace another musical culture.
McKayla Hogge
Loved the culture aspect of this. This would be great to use to introduce the Hispanic culture to students.
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