Finding the Music / En pos de la música

By School Library Journal

Torres, winner of the 2011 Lee & Low Books New Voices Award, here offers readers a charming bilingual story that showcases the power of music as an intergenerational unifier. Every weekend, Reyna hangs out at her mom’s restaurant reading and enjoying the diverse cast of customers. One day, she accidentally breaks her grandfather’s precious vihuela that was hanging one of the restaurant’s wall. Reyna then embarks on a journey to fix her abuelo’s beloved instrument, while learning about his legacy, the impact of music, and community engagement. Throughout each page and Reyna’s conversations with different community members, her abuelo’s presence can be felt. The realistic illustrations enhance the warmth of the tale, and allows readers to see character’s expressions and feelings. An author’s note is included. VERDICT A rich addition for those who enjoy music and its influence in community and family unity.