|Mambo mucho mambo! : el baile que atraveso la barrera del color|
Author: Robbins, Dean
Millie danced to jazz in her Italian neighborhood. Pedro danced to Latin songs in his Puerto Rican neighborhood. It was the 1940s in New York City, and they were forbidden to dance together . . . until first a band and then a ballroom broke the rules. Machito and His Afro-Cubans hit the scene with a brand-new sound, blending jazz trumpets and saxophones with Latin maracas and congas creating Latin jazz. Then the Palladium Ballroom opened its doors to all cultural groups. In Spanish.
School Library Journal (+) (10/01/21)
Booklist (+) (08/01/21)
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Booklist - 08/01/2021 *Starred Review* Young readers will be pulled into 1940s New York, a time of segregation when it was frowned upon for people from different neighborhoods and cultures to mingle. But something exciting was happening in the city: a new music style blending Latin and jazz was being born, with lively, vibrant tunes that sent a thrill through listeners, encouraging them to dance. When Palladium, a local dance hall, opened as a desegregated space, people from different neighborhoods and backgrounds came together to dance. Latin jazz had people dancing and jumping, creating new moves and a new style of dance known as mambo, which drew in people from a variety of communities. The Spanish text is both conversational and informative, liberally using such words as “giraban,” “vibraban,” and “meneaba,” which will allow readers to feel the electricity of this music and dance as they read. Realistic illustrations with historical details bring to life the many moves and twirls dance couples enjoyed, in close-up views. Additional back matter rounds out this eye-catching account of the cultural impact of Latin jazz and mambo. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 10/01/2021 Gr 2–5—Hips, feet, arms—everything swishes, sways, and shimmies with the mambo. The rhythm is irresistible. Whoever hears it has to move! It doesn't matter who the dancers are or where they're from—everyone loves the new Latin jazz sound of "Machito y sus Afrocubanos." However, this is the 1940s, and each race has to stick with its own kind. All groups have separate neighborhoods and separate dance halls. No one is allowed to mix—until 1948 when the New York Palladium bucks the system and opens its doors to everyone. For the first time, people of every color dance together to the electrifying beat of Machito's band. Soon Millie, an Italian American, and Pedro, a Puerto Rican, find themselves burning up the floor together with Harry and Rose, a Jewish couple, and African Americans Ernie and Dotty. The color barrier is broken! The movement toward civil rights has begun and there is no going back. Robbins's snappy language and smoking turn of phrase brings the mambo and all its followers to life. Lázaro's Spanish translation sizzles. "Las maracas repiqueteaban. Las congas retumbaban." Velasquez's illustrations send sparks flying off each full-bleed spread. There's nothing static in these dynamic, full-movement portrayals of humans expressing the unadulterated joy of popping music and uninhibited dancing. The author's note includes historical and biographical information. VERDICT Fiery and rhythmic storytelling surges to the beat of the conga—a must-have selection for all ages.—Mary Margaret Mercado, Pima County P.L., Tucson, AZ - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.