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Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States

Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States

Spring 2001 Non-Fiction
Ages: 10 & Up
Editor: Lorie M. Carlson
ISBN: 0805031359
Hardcover Price: $16.95
This volume includes poems written in English, Spanish and "Spanglish" by established writers such as Judith Ortíz Cofer, Pat Mora, Oscar Hijuelos, and Sandra Cisneros. Others are by less well-known but accomplished writers such as Gina Valdés, whose "English con Salsa" is excerpted here:

Welcome to ESL 100, English Surely Latinized,
inglés con chile y cilantro, English as American
as Benito Juárez. Welcome, muchachos from Xochicalco,
learn the language of dólares and dolores, of kings
and queens, of Donald Duck and Batman.

The poems are celebrations of cultural mixing, indictments of racism, and declarations of love to the families and cultures that are the origins of this collection.

Ina Rimpau   ©2001 Parents' Choice

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