Carlos Santana
Sound of the Heart, Song of the World

written by Gary Golio & illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez
Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books

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How does a poor kid from rural Mexico grow up to create a bold new style of music and become an international rock star? In Carlos Santana - Sound of the Heart, Song of the World, New York Times-bestselling author Gary Golio and Pura Belpre Award-winning artist Rudy Gutierrez team up to create a moving coming-of-age story--a testament to following one's passion--and an homage to Kennedy Center Awards honoree and humanitarian Carlos Santana.
A talented violinist and leader of his own mariachi band, Jose Santana is able to lift people's spirits with the power of song. Hoping to work such magic himself one day, Carlos is proud when Papa first begins teaching him music as a small boy. Later on, Jose gives his son violin lessons and even lets him play with his band in a local cantina. But young Carlos feels stifled by the rules of traditional mariachi--especially after hearing exciting new American blues songs on the radio. The stinging guitar sounds of Muddy Waters and B.B. King feel raw and honest to Carlos, even if Papa won't allow him to bring that spirit to his playing. Just when all hope seems lost, the electrifying energy of a local rock band and an unexpected gift from Papa change the course of Carlos's life forever.

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"an exemplary example of how words and illustrations can come together to create an immersive experience that will captivate readers and bring them to a greater understanding of an artistÑin this case, Carlos Santana."

Booklist, *starred review*

"the artwork (created by the same artist who did cover art for Santana's Shaman album) full of vivid, flowing colors that shine as it captures the soul of Santana and his work."
School Library Journal

Listen to an interview with Gary Golio, conducted by Markus Goldman, maestro dj of Philly's great rock station, WMMR!
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