¡OLÉ! FLAMENCO by George Ancona


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Age Range: 6 - 12
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The latest photo essay from the prolific and award-winning Ancona (Capoeira, 2007, etc.) introduces the exciting and international world of flamenco performance. He highlights a dance troupe from Santa Fe, N.M., called Flamenco’s Next Generation, where children learn the steps in preparation for live performances. A map, archival photographs and background information show how flamenco developed as the Gypsies (introduced as Roma) crossed continents and nations from India to Andalucía, Spain. The color photography, while occasionally posed, nicely displays the intricate hand movements, footwork, instruments and costumes of this art form, which evolved from emotionally charged song to highly expressive dance accompanied by percussion and guitar. The author weaves in many Spanish terms, helping to make this a good addition to titles celebrating Hispanic culture in the Southwest. A recommended list of recordings and videos would have been a nice touch, though. (glossary, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-12)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60060-361-7
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Lee & Low
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2010


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