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FLOATING ON MAMA'S SONG / FLOTANDO EN LA CANCIÓN DE MAMÁ by Laura Lacámara

FLOATING ON MAMA'S SONG / FLOTANDO EN LA CANCIÓN DE MAMÁ

By Laura Lacámara (Author) , Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-084368-7
Publisher: Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins

When Anita turns seven, something magical happens—her mother’s singing makes listeners float. But societal pressure soon quiets Mama, making her spirit sick. To help her mother, Anita unlocks a key to her grandmother’s past, allowing the family to once again rise in song. Morales’s lyrical illustrations, done in a warm, soothing palette, work well with the dual-language text. Compositionally they are flowing, organic and rounded; but the most intriguing aspect of the artwork is the way the Pura Belpré winner draws with the computer, using it to successfully execute her vision. Textures are created and colors are applied to appear like a pastel, but instead of being muted and muddled, she uses digital collage to create the hard edges that define the boundaries between the organic shapes. In one tender spread, Anita braids Mama’s hair, while her baby brother blows bubbles, delicately expressing Mama’s sadness while capturing the children’s loving, innocent gestures. Together, author and illustrator offer a story filled with whimsy and humor about the power of voice and family. (Picture book. 4-7)