Does the sound of bongos and panderetas make you want to dance? Music makes everything better indeed! And today I am beyond happy to share with you a review of the book Sofi and the Magic, Musical Mural or Sofi y el mágico mural musical. Written in both English and Spanish (and magically illustrated), this book will become a favorite one of yours for sure.
The story takes place in South Bronx, NY. It all starts when Sofi is asked to go to the local store or bodega to buy some milk. On her way there, Sofi passes a giant mural full of colorful images such as dancers, musical instruments, tropical fish, majestic flowers and a trickster or vejigante (which Sofi does not like). On her way back from the store, Sofi takes another quick look at the mural, but this time something interesting happens – a fish from the mural is inviting her to dance.
A fish inviting her to dance? Yes! As Sofi dances to the famous plena (national song structure and rhythm of Puerto Rico), the trickster invites her to dance with him. At this point, all Sofi wants is to run away as fast as she can, but el vejigante reasures her that nothing bad will happen. All of a sudden, Sofi finds herself in San Juan, flyring over El Yunque (the rainforest), then the mountains, and finally the Caribbean. And as always, I do not like to give the entire book away! But you can enter the giveaway below to win a copy of the book thanks to Arte Público Press*.
In summary, Sofi and the Magic, Musical Mural or Sofi y el mágico mural musical is the story about an very curious and imaginative little girl that thanks to a mural, takes an unforgettable journey to one of the most amazing islands in the Caribbean. In addition to the great story line, the book offers a glossary in both languages as well as information about the mural that actually exists in NY.
Author: Raquel M. Ortiz
Illustrator: Maria Dominguez
Translated to Spanish by: Gabriela Baeza Ventura
Publisher: Arte Publico Pr; Bilingual edition (May 31, 2015)