Sing with Me: The Story of Selena Quintanilla distributes the determination, culture, and joys that encompassed Selena Quintanilla’s life and career. Written by Diana López and illustrated by Teresa Martinez, this is a fantastic picture book that carries out Selena’s beautiful and longstanding dedication to gift fans with her music, fashion, and heritage. This picture book is also available in Spanish as Canta conmigo: La historia de Selena Quintanilla.
Born in Lake Jacksonville, Texas, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was a Mexican-American singer, fashion designer, and businesswoman who grew up with a hard-working family, that instilled in her a love for music and a pride of her Mexican-American roots. In her story, Selena started chanting at a very young age—her father discovered her gifted singing pipes when she was just six years old.
Illustrator Teresa Martinez created a visibly representative and appealing narrative of Selena discovering her special singing voice at home rehearsals, Papagayos restaurant, and big venues that eventually helped her gain worldwide recognition and awards. Readers will be able to take in all the culturally symbolic illustrated details in the book’s captivating double-page spreads such as the papel picado and the magnificently made book case. Moreover, Spanish words, like “dejame volar” and “baila” are gracefully layered in the artwork as Selena’s narrative transitions to her teenage years, when she begins to sing at weddings, quinceañeras, and more.
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