Cool Salsa

January 7, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States edited by Lori M. Carlson; published by Henry Holt and Company; New York; 1994.

As the introduction suggests, bilingual poetry books are not just for native speakers learning English, but are also for English speakers learning Spanish.  This collection encourages a love of Latino language, culture and poetry.  It also provides insight into the lives of children growing up bilingual, as in “Dia de los muertos.”  Occasional line art renditions of chiles remind us that this is a Latino book, although the bilingual versions of the poems are a constant reminder!

This collection is definitely for upper elementary students (and older).  I’d use this book in a bilingual collection to support ESL teachers as well as families learning to speak English.  However, it would also be invaluable to use as a resource for students learning to speak Spanish or learning about this culture.


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