We got some amazing book mail! Our Dancing in September Culture Chest arrived and we loved it. Directions on how to make a shoebox guitar were included so we plan on making one this weekend, but for now we read the books and used our drums to play along. Tito Puente, Mambo King/Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo by Monica Brown is a gorgeous bilingual book that tells the story of Tito Puente from his childhood in the Spanish Harlem to the Grammy Awards. The pictures by Rafael Lopez are alive with color, explosive with the beat of the music and frenetic with the energy from the mamba instruments. Another gorgeous bilingual book by Monica Brown was My Name is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/Me Llamo Celia: La Vida de Celia Cruz. The life of the Cuban born queen of salsa dances across the page from her homeland to New York to Miami. The graceful text mirrors the beauty of the bright, lush images, displaying the rich, full life of Celia. The Day of the Dead Activity Book by Karl Jones and illustrated by Steve Simpson has recipes for sugar skulls and graveyard cakes, as well as a build your own ofrenda and stickers. We loved our first box and can't wait for October's box which is Asian Cuisine!! If you are interested check out @culturechest

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