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Sebi and the Land of Cha Cha Cha
2017
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Roselyn Sanchezaand Eric Winteraare film and television stars, producersaand the lovingaparents ofaSebellaaRoseaWinter.aRoselyn credits includea Rush Hour 2, and The Game Plan,a television series,a Without a Trace aanda Devious Maids.a Eric's includea The Ugly Trutha and aHarold & Kumar- Escape from Guantanamo Bay;a television series aWitches of East Enda anda Secret and Lies .a<br> Roselyn is the Godmother and Spokesperson for San Jorge Children's Foundation in Puerto Rico as well as Fundaci n Caritas Alegres. aThey both volunteer their time for Operation Smile.aRoselyn, Eric andaSebellaalive in Studio City, California
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  Booklist Review

Sebi is a spunky little girl who wants to learn to dance the Cha Cha Cha. One day when she is out for a walk, she sees a group performing the dance for Carnaval. Sebi and her friend Keeke see a cotorra (parrot) and follow the bird into the Land of Cha Cha Cha and begin an adventure filled with Latin music and dance. The parrot teaches the children how to Cha Cha Cha; the monkeys teach them the merengue; and the squirrels teach them the samba. They bounce to the various beats until it's time to leave for home. When the children return, Sebi's mother and grandmother can't believe their eyes: the children have become expert dancers! Ortiz's illustrations fill the page from edge to edge with bright colors, designs, and wonderful characters. There is a small amount of Spanish text and a small section in the back matter explaining the Cha Cha Cha's origins and techniques.--Camargo, Rosie Copyright 2017 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

A curious young Latina and her friend learn three Latin dances as taught by a collection of step-savvy tropical animals. Written by film and TV stars Snchez and Winter with a lead character based on their daughter, Sebella, this picture book focuses on a child's introduction to what's rather generically referred to as "Latin dancing." More specifically, Sebi and her friend Keeke (a pale-skinned child with a thatch of blond hair) learn the cha-cha, the samba, and the merengue from squirrels, monkeys, and cockatoos after stumbling upon a secret dance land after getting lost in some bushes at a park. Ortiz's illustrations teem with rosy-cheeked figures (even the monkeys and the sun), curvy flora, and joyful movement, as each edge-to-edge image bursts with life. But the dances themselves, explained with detail in the text ("Bend one knee at a time. The more you bend, the more your hips swing"), never quite go beyond hip-swaying poses. Sebi and Keeke catch on, but it's unlikely any kids will be able to follow the steps through pictures. Beyond the names of the dances, a half-hearted attempt at including Spanish phrases unnecessarily doublespeaks almost every bit of non-English, even such words as "Fantstico!" that perhaps didn't need the clunky translation. The invitation to discover dance among such festive critters is still worth accepting. It could serve as an imaginative introduction to new genres of music and movement. (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
From aDevious Maid s star Roselyn Sanchez and Witches of East End astar Eric Winter comes a story about the joys of dance!a <br> <br> It isa El Carnaval Latino aandaSebiais reallyaexcited. She loves the colorfulaclothes, the livelyamusic but most of all she loves the dance. Her mother says she is a bit too young to take dance lessons. But when a beautifulaCotorra abirda flies by and invites her and herafriend,aKeekeato follow, they are ledaon an exciting adventureato an enchanted land where the dancing fun has just begun!<br> a<br> Perfect for young children who love to dance!
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