LET'S SALSA / BAILEMOS SALSA by Lupe Ruiz-Flores

LET'S SALSA / BAILEMOS SALSA

by , illustrated by , translated by
Age Range: 6 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Noticing that her mother lacks energy and has put on some weight, young Estela suggests that she join some of the neighbors in the salsa class at the community recreation center.

Eventually, Mami joins and finds that she enjoys the exercise. The teacher lets Estela join in the salsa class too, until the director of the center decides that children are no longer allowed in the class. Estela is disappointed, but then she learns about petitions in school. Suddenly, her parents are helping her set up a table where Estela collects hundreds of signatures. She even gains the support of the mayor, and the recreation center opens a salsa class for kids. As if this weren’t over-the-top enough, Estela receives an award from the mayor and special recognition at the school, including a ribbon to wear that reads “#1 Student.” The story then awkwardly jumps back to the importance of exercise for both adults and children, commenting on the “trim and healthy” appearances of Estela and her mother. The illustrations portray diverse people with varying body types, but they feel stiff. Some of the spreads seem sketchlike in their lack of detail.

In attempting to address both the importance of exercise and the value of social activism, the story fails to truly engage readers on either topic. (Bilingual picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Nov. 30th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-55885-762-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Piñata Books/Arté Público
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2013




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