Sebi and the Land of Cha Cha Cha
By Roselyn Sanchez and Eric Winter, illustrated by Nivea Ortiz
During El Carnaval Latino, Sebi and her friend Keeke are entranced by the colorfully clad dancers doing the cha cha cha. But they barely have time to stumble through a few clumsy steps of their own before a beautiful Cotorra bird catches their eyes and leads them away from the celebration, through the woods and into the Land of Cha Cha Cha. There Sebi and Keeke meet the Cha Cha Cha Cacatua, the Merengue Monkey, and the Samba Squirrels. From these magical creatures they learn several dances: the cha cha cha (from Cuba), the merengue (from the Dominican Republic) and the samba (from Brazil), of course! The lessons end when Sebi and Keeke are called back to the carnaval by Sebi’s mom, with just enough time to show off their new dance routines.
Roselyn Sanchez and Eric Winter have written an ode to the beauty of dance and share simple lessons for the steps highlighted across its pages. Spanish words sprinkled throughout are very easily understood within the context of the surrounding text and illustrations. Nivea Ortiz’s artwork presents characters whose wonder‑filled eyes pull you into the story. The pictures may be two‑dimensional, but the colors and dynamic action give them life. A note from the authors shares information about the dances named in the book.Check Availability