When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana
Illustrator: Jose Ramirez
Carlos Santana loved to listen to his father play el violín. It was a sound that filled the world with magic and love and feeling and healing—a sound that made angels real. Carlos wanted to make angels real, too. So he started playing music.
Carlos tried el clarinete and el violín, but there were no angels. Then he picked up la guitarra. He took the soul of the Blues, the brains of Jazz, and the energy of Rock and Roll, and added the slow heat of Afro-Cuban drums and the cilantro-scented sway of the music he’d grown up with in Mexico. There were a lot of bands in San Francisco but none of them sounded like this. Had Carlos finally found the music that would make his angels real?
Author’s note. Bibliography. Further listening. Full-color illustrations created with acrylic and enamel markers on canvas.
JLG Release: Nov 2018
Awards & Honors
2019 Sibert Award Honor
2019 Pura Belpré Award Honor, Illustration
ALSC Notable Children's Books - 2019
CCBC Choices 2019 Choice: The Arts
Kirkus Best Books, Picture Books - 2018
Praise & Reviews
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9" x 12"
Level 4; Points: 0.5;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 0; Points: 0;