I came across this book during a visit to the library with little one, and immediately felt drawn to it. Other than me, my son doesn't see too many Latinos in our area, and I want him to embrace the "Latino" beauty in him!
I Am Latino: The Beauty in Me by Sandra L. Pinkney. Is an actual picture book with photographs of Latino children, and families. The first page starts with "Use your senses and you will see, there is beauty in everything." The book encourages you to use your five senses to appreciate the beauty in a Latino/a:
Listen to the melody in the language, to the rhythm of the music's beat
Taste the Latin foods
Feel the need to dance swaying your body (Baladas), hip swinging (salsa) or finger snapping (Flamenco)
Smell the aroma of the Latin foods
In almost every other page it poses the catchy question: "I am Latino/a. Can you sense the beauty?" The message that it conveys is that being Latino is beautiful through images of our culture, and family traditions. This book exalts the Spanish language, the music, the food, and the strong family ties.
Both little one and I enjoyed this book. We talked about his familia that lives in Puerto Rico and in New York. It has words in both English and Spanish that we were able to practice together, and reinforce the Spanish phrases and words that he's learned.
Have you come across a book that "speaks" out to you? About your culture, identity or heritage? If so, please do let me know. I'm always looking out for good books about culture, identity or heritage. Please comment, like, share, and/or pin! Gracias!
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