La Mariachi (Own Voices, Own Stories)

La Mariachi (Own Voices, Own Stories)
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  • Addy Rivera Sonda
Publisher Name
Sleeping Bear Press
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July 15, 2023
Tuchi longs to join in and play with the school's mariachi band, but it's the 1970s and in her community, mariachi is only for the boys. Still she hopes--and wishes on Seńora Luna. When Tuchi stumbles across her nana's guitarrón, Nana teaches her to play in secret. The music rumbles inside Tuchi like desert thunder. Will Tuchi be ready for the big audition? And will Seńora Luna help Tuchi make her wish come true?

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Follow Your Dreams
(Updated: October 18, 2023)
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This book has bright colorful illustrations and an exciting title plus cover inviting the reader to choose it. I like that the Spanish was blended throughout to feel authentic and we learned more about Mariachi. My heart ached and was angered that her teacher and grandfather denied Tuchi’s desire to play Mariachi based on gender. I like that she persevered and changed their minds but I wish that it was not a struggle just to enjoy things that make you happy and hurt no one. I love that her grandmother taught her and am sad that things did not change in time for the grandmother to also get to openly participate. What was satisfying was that in the back when giving further knowledge on the instruments there were many pictures of female mariachi players presented
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