When Reyna accidentally breaks Abuelito's vihuela—a small guitar-like instrument—she ventures out into the neighborhood determined to find someone who can help her repair it. No one can fix the vihuela, but along the way Reyna gathers stories and mementos of Abuelito and his music. Still determined, Reyna visits the music store, where the owner gives her a recording of Abuelito’s music and promises that they can fix the vihuela together. Reyna realizes how much she’s learned about Abuelito, his influence in the community, and the power of his music. She returns to her family’s restaurant to share Abuelito’s gifts with Mama and is happier still finally to hear the sweet sounds of Abuelito’s music for herself. With lively illustrations by Renato Alarcão, the tradition of mariachi music comes to life in this bilingual story. Winner of Lee & Low’s New Voices Award, Finding the Music is a heartwarming tale of family, community, and the music that brings them all together.
Finding the Music: En pos de la musica
- About The Author "Hi there. I’m Jennifer. I live with my family in California’s Central Valley, and I write stories. I used to work as a newspaper reporter, writing stories about real people, whose lives told us something about our world and maybe about ourselves. Now, I write books for young readers—books with make-believe characters whose stories, I hope, are just as full of life and truth as the real ones." ISBN-13: 9780892392919 Publisher: Children's Book Press Publication date: 4/15/2015 Pages: 40 Age range: 9 years Juvenile Fiction | Performing Arts | Music People & Places | United States - Hispanic & Latino Family | Multigenerational -Grandfathers -Musicians -Mariachi -Guitar -Hispanic Americans -Spanish language materials -Bilingual