Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Hardcover, 9780805074680, 32pp.
Publication Date: April 17, 2007
A celebration of Celia Cruz, the legendary Queen of Salsa
A little girl carries her favorite record with her to an impromptu neighborhood dance party and calls out for her favorite singer. "Oye, Celia " she shouts. And as she dances she tells Celia what she hears in her singing--loss, passion, sadness, happiness, history, and more.
"Oye, Celia " is a beautiful, rhythmic tribute to the Queen of Salsa--Celia Cruz. The personal telling, in a blend of English and Spanish, and the marvelously expressive illustrations will make this book irresistible to Celia's many fans and even to those who aren't familiar with her music.
"Oye, Celia " is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Katie Sciurba is a graduate of the MFA program in writing for children at The New School. She currently lives in New York City, where she is pursuing a PhD in English education at New York University. This is her first book.
Edel Rodriguez was born in Havana, Cuba. He is the illustrator of Mama Does the Mambo, by Katherine Leiner, and Float Like a Butterfly, by Ntozake Shange. Edel lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughter.