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Tito Puente, Mambo King/Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, clap your hands for Tito Puente... The Mambo King plays and sways ans people dance the mambo, the rumba, and the cha-cha!

Damas y señores, niños y niñas, aplaudan a Tito Puente ... El Rey del Mambo toca su música y se balancea mientras la audiencia baila el mambo, la rumba y el chachachá!
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Rayo
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Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found this utterly delightful! I love Tito Puente. I found the story charming and loved the art style. I think the level is somewhere between picture book and easy-reader early chapter books.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This brief biography of musician Tito Puente, told in both English and Spanish, would have been more enjoyable for me if it had come with a CD of his music or a web site where samples of his music could be heard. The text gets the reader enthused about him, but then doesn't let you carry on that enthusiasm by letting you listen to him. Interesting but also disappointing.
Melissa Berke
Reflection on ONE: Text to text, text to self, text to world connection with the book
This onomatopaeia in this book reminds me of Rap a Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles-Think of That by Leo Dillon. Instead of making noise with percussion like Tito Puente, Bojangles makes similar sounds with his feet.

Write six discussion questions using all six stages of Bloom’s Taxonomy

1. Knowledge: What kind of instrument does Tito Puente play?

2. Comprehension: Why did they call Tito Puente, "The Mambo King"

3. Applic
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If Rafael Lopez doesn't get at least a Caldecott Honor AND a Pura BelPre for this book, there's something wrong with the world of children's books. His illustrations are full of such color, energy, and imagination that you can SEE and FEEL Tito Puente's music on the vibrant pages of this bio-tribute. One of my favorite pictures is of Celia Cruz erupting from ocean waves as a flying mermaid -- above Tito, Santana and La Lupe. Monica Brown's text, aimed at young readers/listeners, focuses admirabl ...more
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
The team behind My Name is Celia is back with an equally colorful biography on Tito Puente.
Edward Sullivan
A lively, vibrant introduction to the musician.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: multicultural
The illustrations in this book are bright and colorful, very eye catching. They added so much to the story. I liked this book, not as much for the text, but more for the illustrations. This story showed me how a boy from Spanish Harlem can fulfill his dreams like anyone else, only if you put your mind to it.

This book follows a boy named Tito Puente from a toddler to an adult. He loved to dace and bang spoons and forks on pots and pans. He was very loud when he played, so many people suggested h
Mara Rhodes
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I believe this story is a great bilingual children’s book that I would use in my classroom! When I first picked it up, the cover caught my attention because of the vibrant contrast of colors. I was curious what the other illustrations looked like inside and how the plotline of the story was going to play out. I was not disappointed. This biographical children’s book uses two-page illustrations that show the passion Tito shares for music and with the endless support of his family, it grew into so ...more
Marissa Steeves
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think that this is an exceptional book to have in any teacher's library because of the vibrant illustrations and the fact that all of the English language is also translated to Spanish. It presents a fun way of instilling the importance of culture while educating children about music and dance. This Biographical story Tito Puente highlights his achievements and life in Spanish Harlem. Tito Puente was considered the "King of Mambo", "Godfather of Salsa", and one of the most influential Latin Ja ...more
Dec 21, 2017 rated it liked it
2014 Pura Belpre Honor Book for Illustration

Themes: Tito Puente/King of Mambo/English and Spanish/Music/Dancing

This would be a good book for a bilingual storytime.

"Meet Tito Puente - the King of Mambo. From musical prodigy on the streets of Harlem to five-time Grammy Award winner, Tito's life was full of rhythm. Drums and claves, saxophones and tambourines were all part of the fun." - inside left jacket flap
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: multicultural

This book discusses Latino culture, particularly going into depth about Tito Puente's musical style. Tito is referred to as the Mambo King, and the story explores how Tito expresses himself through his lively music, and how his music represents his culture.
What I especially loved about this book was the illustrations. They were absolutely breathtaking, full of color and energy. They complicated the vibrant story of the musician and his culture well.

Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: music, bilingual
Bilingual telling of Puente's life and influence as a percussionist with other musical abilities as well. The book seems to be for a younger reading level, but Since it was a JBIOG I was expecting more detail. The illustrations outrun the narrative and capture Puente's enthusiasm and jubilant performances.
Katya Lazukina
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lively, beautiful, and colorful book about a Latino boy who like to play music!
Celeste Lopez Mendez
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This a biography of musician Tito Puente. The illustrations of vivid and beautiful. It's written in English and Spanish! This is a great book because it allows us to mirror into someone's life and see their life story using details and events that occurred during their time.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good book for Hispanic Heritage month or for a music class
Third graders were captivated by this biography and they loved listening to "Oye Como Va" while I was reading the book aloud.
Jo Oehrlein
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: music
Tito Puente's life from a 3 year old banging on pots and pans to the Mambo King leading his own band.

The page on him playing baseball seemed rather random -- it didn't tie in with anything else.

Karen Garcia
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: multicultural
Really great illustrations on the biography of the mambo king. Monica Brown did a great job with portraying the Latino culture and the real life of the Mambo king i grew up listening to.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bold colors & a simple story, and I love that it’s written in both English and Spanish! ...more
Dennis Liverani
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very colorful and wonderful pictures. I think it's cool the book is written in two languages and brings this biography to life. Young children can see the difference and compare English to Spanish as they read along. I think children will enjoying singing along with reading and maybe take interest in playing an instrument.
Jenese Wilson
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is another colorful and bright book that caught my eye. You get to learn about Tito and how he loves making music and dancing. I love how this book has both Spanish and English, and the illustrations are so bright and detailed. You get to learn about how Tito started his love for music and how he ended up playing in a band, writing his own music, and even selling albums.
Eliana Jaroch
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book! I was immediately drawn to the cover and it made me curious to know what it was about.

As a future teacher, there are so many ways to use this! It is a neat introductory to biographies for kids, and could also be used to study cultures. I think it was a great idea to make it into a bilingual picture book. I also loved the art style! It is very colorful and fun. I thought it really went along with the text and writing style, too! I think this would really interest studen
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Tito Puente, Mambo King by Monica Brown Illustrated by Rafael López

Reflection: (text to self) Continuing with my multicultural Hispanic theme, I feel that this book is a winner! Monica Brown gives young readers the outline of Tito Puente’s life. She writes in both English and Spanish, which is nice for readers of either language. Brown is able to not only give details of Puente’s life, but to also help readers “hear” the “ritmo” or rhythm of his music. She does this through her words, woven with
Christopher Short
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Book #2
Tito Puente – Mambo King
By Monica Brown, Illustrated by Rafael Lopez

Text Rationale:
World Music Unit - I will use a series of four different books for understanding different music genres from around the world. Each book will be analyzed and evaluated within the series so that the students will be able to apply their knowledge of music genres when listening to music. This book, “Tito Puente” describes Latin music.

Opening Moves:
1. Read some of the text to engage attention.
2. Draw attention
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bibliography
Tito Puente: Mambo King/ Rey del Mambo, by Monica Brown and illustrated by Rafael Lopez is a visually stunning book. It is a Pura Belpre Honor book for illustration, and the illustrations clearly reflect this. The colors used are rich and warm, and there is plenty of movement and sound inspired by the illustrations. All of the characters in the book are representative of Latino cultural diversity. Each and every character varies in shape, size, facial features, hair texture, and the color of th ...more
Alex Baugh
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: randomly-reading
Tito Puente was a great musician and a real New York City fixture. And now, Monica Brown has written a colorful picture book about him and his music for young readers, and the best part is that it is bilingual so that it is accessible to both English and Spanish readers - children and their parents, since this is a wonderful read-aloud book.

Monica Brown is no stranger to writing bilingual biographies of important and influential Latinos. She has written My Name is Celia: the Life of Celia Cruz,
Anne Soderlund
Reflection Text to text – A music teacher who I love substituting for sometimes leaves plans to read books. She has a vast library of music related picture books. Some are biographical like this one, Andrea Davis Pinkney's Duke Ellington, for example. Others are just delightful songs in book form, like the many variations on There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback or Lucille Colandro. They may share information about an important musician or invite the reader to make music with ...more
Tito Puente, Mambo King/Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo- Primary book #2

1. “Tum Tica! Tac Tic! Tum Tic! Ladies and gentle men, boys and girls clap your hands for Tito Puente….The Mambo King plays and sways as people dance the mambo, the rumba, and the cha-cha!” (read aloud from book) When you heard the rhythm said at the beginning, did that remind you of any class you are taking here or did it bring back any memories of you and your family at a party? I know all of you are in some type of music class
Megan Schmale
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tito Puente

Text-to-self: This book explains and shows marvelous pictures of Tito Puente and his life that was filled with music. At a young age, he loved to make noise on whatever he could find. He participated in many talent shows and he dreamed of having his own band some time. He performed at restaurants, clubs, and parties. As a class, we could talk about determination and how much work it is to become successful at something. We would talk about Tito Puente’s life and all of the events and
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
We scream for the Mambo King! Tito Puente, Mambo King/ Rey del Mambo, is written by Monica Brown and illustrated by Rafael López. Tito Puente, tells the story of a young boy named Tito and how his love for music made him famous.

Tito Puente grew up in Spanish Harlem in New York City. Tito's passion for music started as a young child, when he would play with pots and pans. As he became older, he started a small band called the "Los Happy Boys" or "The Happy Boys". He would perform at local parties
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Monica Brown, Ph.D. is the author of awardwinning bilingual books for children, including My Name Is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/Me llamo Celia: La vida de Celia Cruz (Luna Rising), a recipient of the Américas Award for Children's Literature and a Pura Belpré Honor. Her second picture book, My Name Is Gabriela: The Life of Gabriela Mistral/Me llamo Gabriela: La vida de Gabriela Mistral (Luna Ris ...more
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