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Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, Song of the World

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Discover the childhood story of Carlos Santana in Gary Golio's Sound of the Heart, Song of the World, featuring illustrations by Rudy Gutierrez, the internationally celebrated artist who created the iconic Carlos Santana Shaman CD cover.

Carlos Santana grew up surrounded by music. His father, a beloved mariachi performer, teaches his son how to play the violin when he is
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Jon(athan) Nakapalau
So glad to see Carlos Santana getting the recognition he so deserves! Great musician and humanitarian - children will enjoy this story of a boy who made his challenges the inspiration for his unique music.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Carlos Santana tells the true story of a young musician struggling to create his own voice amid the pressures of his father's authority as a musician and the hold of his Mexican musical culture. As a child, Santana was born in a musical family who encouraged him to learn the violin and become part of his father's mariachi group. But the music of his father and the music of his culture doesn't satisfy his spirit. Santana longs to fuse elements of Mexican mariachi with the new sounds he is hearing ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Carlos Santana was born into a musical family with a father who was a popular mariachi performer. Carlos started learning to read music at age five and to play the violin at age six. But his father is often gone, playing musical gigs around Mexico. His father sends money home to the family, and eventually Carlos’ mother decides to head to America with the children. Carlos earns money playing music for the tourists, but his heart isn’t in it. It isn’t until he hears American blues music for the f ...more
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
Born in 1947, in a small Mexican village, Carlos Santana was surrounded with music from the very beginning. His father was a mariachi player, traveling around Mexico, gone for months at a time. When home, he taught Carlos how to read music and play the violin. Papa was Carlos' musical hero but once he heard American blues on the radio, Carlos was hooked, much to his father's dismay. American blues played by musicians like Muddy Waters and B.B. King became Carlos' new musical heroes and he longed ...more
Many young readers enjoy the stories of creative spirits such as Carlos Santana whose music is important in their lives. This picture book focuses on Santana's formative years in Mexico and his clashes with his father over the music he wanted to play. Because his father was in a mariachi band, he often traveled, leaving the family missing him even though they appreciated the money his travels provided for them. Carlos learned to play the violin at an early age, but he was drawn to a different ty ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is a childrens picture book biography on Carlos Santana. Born in a musical family, Carlos learnt to play the violin at age 6. Dad was always traveling and away on musical gigs and sending money home to support the family. One opportunity allows Carlos to play on his father's band but the experience is anything but successful. The rest of the story tells of Carlos' love for the guitar, his journey into finding the right blend of music and his path towards his destiny.
Wonderful story telling,
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I never knew Carlos Santana was the son of a musician who played in mariachi bands. And that he was influenced by Muddy Waters. Santana's childhood was not without hardships. After his mother sold all their belongings to find his father down south--the Santanas found themselves unable to make ends meet. Young Carlos, unbeknownst to me, sold chewing gum in Tijuana for money. This is a gorgeous picture book and I really like it except for the fact that the writing is a little too small. The fonts ...more
Syntha Green
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gorgeous illustrations made even more special as they are done by an artist who designed the cover art for Santana's Shaman album.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Biography for elementary level readers.
Takes us from his birth through the early roots of his music.
Illustrations are beautiful and capture the spirit of his musical style.
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Gary Golio is the author of several best-selling and award-winning musical picture-book biographies, including Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow, When Bob Met Woody, and Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey. Gary Golio lives in Hudson Valley, New York.