Saturday, August 27, 2011

Carla and Leo's World of Dance Review

I was recently given the opportunity to review the book Carla and Leo's World of Dance, by author, fashion model, and mom Agatha Relota, and I have to say that I was very impressed.  The book breaks down various dances from around the world, such as the Samba from Brazil, the Waltz from Vienna, the fox trot from NYC and a whole bunch more.  With each dance it not only explains the steps, but it gives you the cultural background from the place and era where the dance originated.  It tells the story of Carla and Leo who learn to dance the many dances of the world.  It is beautifully illustrated and has a special introduction from Jessica Alba as well.

Here's a little something straight from the website.



Carla and Leo’s World of Dance takes young readers ages 8 to 12 on a journey to the magical dance school of the beautiful Miss Paulina, who leads 10-year-olds Carla and Leo on a worldwide tour of ballroom dance. Their journey covers ten styles: the waltz, foxtrot, swing, merengue, mambo, cha cha, rumba, salsa, tango, and samba. For each style, Miss Paulina provides its cultural and geographical origin as well as rhythmic step patterns. All this is presented with a delightful narrative written by author, fashion model, dancer, and mother of two Agatha Relota. The book pops with more than 50 colorful illustrations from Paris fashion illustrator Thierry Perez, and Jessica Alba penned the charming introduction.
Children will love this fresh take on ballroom dancing, while parents will love the educational content. Readers of all ages are sure to finish the book with a new rhythm in their steps, ready to dance their way around the world.


I can't wait to bring this book into my classroom.  I think it would be a great resource for when we study communities around the world.  Another great idea would be to read a dance section at the beginning of the week and then learn the moves with your child, make dishes from that region, and a related craft.  I can't wait until Isabella is old enough to do that with! 
You can learn more about  Carla and Leo's World of Dance at www.carlaandleo.com

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