Review: Danza!: Amalia Hernández and Mexico’s Folkloric Ballet 

Danza!: Amalia Hernández and Mexico’s Folkloric Ballet 

by Duncan Tonatiuh (Author) Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

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Multi-award winning (including the Pura Belpré Award, the Robert F. Sibert Award, and the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award) Danza! will take your breath away! Duncan Tonatiuh is truly inspiring, his passion for the real-life story of Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de Mexico comes through in the story’s build up of events and amazing visual detail. The life and accomplishments of Amalia Hernández, the dancer and choreographer, are captured in spirit and execution perfectly matched to the authenticity of the dance she had worked to express. A wonderful discovery for anyone interested in the amazing cultural contributions and traditions of Mexico or dance fanatics looking to dive deeper into history. The illustration style is  mesmerizing, a layering of 3-D photographic textures and two dimensional ancient – almost pictographic – representational shapes. Hard to explain, beautiful to behold. An absolute gem!

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