Floating on Mamas Song
Floating on Mama's Song/Flotando En La Cancion de Mama by Laura Lacamara
Both the English and Spanish versions of the story are fun and easy to read, and also well translated. A grand addition to most bilingual collection. Engagement Projects Leave a comment and let us know how you use this title! Enter your email address to subscribe to our news books feed. Your address is quite safe with us! T-shirts, Sweatshirts and Stickers now available.
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When I ran into the kitchen, I froze. Mama was floating in the air! Outside, our do Anita's mama loves to sing.
Outside, our dog, Tito, was floating above the ground too! Esa dia, cuando lleque de la escuela, note el delicioso aroma de platano frito y frijoles negros. Mama estaba cantando un aria de Carmen, su opera favorita. Cuando entre a la cocina, quede fria. Mama estaba flotando en el aire! Afuera, nuestro perro Tito. The above is only page two. Lacamara gets into the body of the story quickly. One the first page the reader learns something happen to Anita's mama's voice than Bam, they are floating in the house.
Anita's grandmother tells her daughter not to sing any more. Anita's mama misses singing and is very sad. Anita is trying to find a way to make her happy again. Her grandmother is the key. Lacamara tells a wonderfully lyrical story, that connects three generation of women. To see Morales illustrations once is to love them. Morales has such a way with color and facial expressions. I am always moved by her art.
This picture book debut is gorgeous from both a textual and visual stand point. I absolutely loved it. Feb 14, Michael Thal rated it it was amazing. The story begins when seven-year old Anita comes home from school. Dog Tito and Mama are floating. So Mama gives up song and drops into a funk. Lacamara bridges three generations and shows young readers how a tiny member of the family can have the opportunity to affect positive changes.
I highly recommend this book for children of all ages. Mar 27, Angelica rated it really liked it Shelves: What a beautiful book about what the power of ones voice can have. Anita's mom loves to sing so much so that when she does she floats in the air. When Anita's grandmother comes over she is not impressed with the fact that her grand children our floating in the air. So she pretty much dampens Mama'a spirit. All of a sudden the neighbors are complaining to.
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So Mama stops singing but things happen when Mama stops. Immediately Anita thinks of a way to cheer up her Mama. She finds pictures of Mama an What a beautiful book about what the power of ones voice can have. She finds pictures of Mama and her grandmother and Mama's spirit is renewed and she starts singing.
What a wonderful and colorful story about the power that we have and what can happen when that power is taken away. But sometimes it takes someone showing your potential and ability to make you realize that power will never fade away, even when people try to dim your light.
Floating on Mama's Song/Flotando En La Cancion de Mama
Great for a bilingual aged storytime or a family storytime Dec 21, Sam Grace rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This book is feminist in the bestest way. Women's voices are magical, but women silence themselves from shame until the end brings the three generations of women's voices together in ways that not only lift them up, but lift up their entire community literally!
I think that the text looks good on the page, too, and found myself reading one page in English and one in Spanish. There's not t This book is feminist in the bestest way. Apr 25, Jessica Henry rated it it was amazing Shelves: Growing up, my mom used to sing to us before bedtime.
This story brought back good memories. To bad though that we couldn't have floated around the room like Anita's mom!
Remembering What gift did Anita's family have? Understanding Why does Anita's grandmother want Anita's mother to stop singing? Applying What is something that your family does that makes you happy? Analyzing How is Anita's mom different after she stopped singing? Evaluating Do you think this is a real story or Text to Self: Evaluating Do you think this is a real story or a pretend story?
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How do you know? Creating If you could have one special gift like Anita's mom, what would it be? Draw a picture showing you using your gift. Feb 09, Laurie L rated it it was amazing.
This is a beautiful, lyrical story that will captivate any child. The story is enchanting and magical and the illustrations are gorgeous.
I have read this night after night to my nieces and nephews, in both English and Spanish and now they are learning some Spanish words and call them out as we go. I highly recommend this book for all ages. Feb 12, Dana Wright rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is about the power of being yourself and letting your heart sing while you are doing just that. Excellent illustrations and text in Spanish and English. See my blog for more info.
Oct 19, Susan rated it really liked it Shelves: Lovely illustrations - magical story. Sep 08, Edward Sullivan rated it really liked it Shelves: A lovely, magical story. Nov 30, Camille Rickis rated it liked it.
Sounding a lot like a folk-tale, this story is about a young girl discovering that when her mother sings, she flies up in the air, and so does everyone around her. With rich text in both English and Spanish and illustrations that reflect both the story and the culture, this is a delightful book. And the very wh Sounding a lot like a folk-tale, this story is about a young girl discovering that when her mother sings, she flies up in the air, and so does everyone around her.
And the very whimsical and almost abstract seeming illustrations done in watercolor are very fun and interesting to look at. Outside, her dog, Tito, is also floating. Then Anita realizes that everyone who hears the music floats, too. But, when some nosy neighbors complain that their pig, goat, and cow are floating, Grandma orders her daughter to stop singing. Mama grows sad, the cow won't give milk, [From School Library Journal] Kindergarten-Grade 4; Anita comes home from school on her seventh birthday to find her mother singing opera and floating in the air. Mama grows sad, the cow won't give milk, the pig won't eat, and the goat won't sleep.
Both the English and Spanish versions of the story are fun and easy to read, and also well translated. The fusion of Morales's collage illustrations, with bright energetic colors, large warm brown characters, and real photographs interspersed with digitally enhanced foliage, will help children's imaginations take flight. A grand addition to most bilingual collection.
This enchanting, magical tale is about a mother with a special gift. When her first born daughter reaches the age of 7, things float when she sings! When Grandmother tells the mother to stop singing because the floating may do harm, the mother's spirit gets sick. It takes the efforts of the little girl to set things straight. The characters in this story cross three generations and the story shows the unconditional love of a mother. The collage illustrations are vibrant. The story is told in bot This enchanting, magical tale is about a mother with a special gift. Recommend this book to all ages looking for quality bilungual materials.
Jun 11, Marissa Garcia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mama's voice holds a wonderful magic that unleashes itself when her daughter turns seven.
But when her song is stifled, it's up to her daughter to find a way to heal her spirit. This sophisticated, beautifully illustrated bilingual masterpiece floats on the whimsy of magical realism and Latino flavor. Packaged with much higher quality than many hastily created bilingual picture books, this title offers everything that is rich about Latina produced children's books. Jun 12, Marissa Elera rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jun 12, LaRaie Zimm rated it really liked it Shelves: It is a dream-like story--a little girl's mother and everyone around her floats up into the air when she sings and so she is commanded by her mother the girl's grandmother to stop singing.
The girl's mother becomes so sad that the world around her starts to become depressed and sad as well. In the end, everyone finds their voice.