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"There's a lot of text in the book, but it's smartly framed within two-page spreads, and very little of it feels extraneous. ...A worthy picture-book primer on the Queen of Tejano music."-Kirkus Reviews This is a moving and impassioned picture book about the iconic Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla, that will embolden young readers to find their passion and make th "There's a lot of text in the book, but it's smartly framed within two-page spreads, and very little of it feels extraneous. ...A worthy picture-book primer on the Queen of Tejano music."-Kirkus Reviews This is a moving and impassioned picture book about the iconic Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla, that will embolden young readers to find their passion and make the impossible, possible! Selena Quintanilla's music career began at the age of nine when she started singing in her family's band. She went from using a hairbrush as a microphone to traveling from town to town to play gigs. But Selena faced a challenge: People said that she would never make it in Tejano music, which was dominated by male performers. Selena was determined to prove them wrong. Born and raised in Texas, Selena didn't know how to speak Spanish, but with the help of her dad, she learned to sing it. With songs written and composed by her older brother and the fun dance steps Selena created, her band, Selena Y Los Dinos, rose to stardom! A true trailblazer, her success in Tejano music and her crossover into mainstream American music opened the door for other Latinx entertainers, and she became an inspiration for Latina girls everywhere.


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"There's a lot of text in the book, but it's smartly framed within two-page spreads, and very little of it feels extraneous. ...A worthy picture-book primer on the Queen of Tejano music."-Kirkus Reviews This is a moving and impassioned picture book about the iconic Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla, that will embolden young readers to find their passion and make th "There's a lot of text in the book, but it's smartly framed within two-page spreads, and very little of it feels extraneous. ...A worthy picture-book primer on the Queen of Tejano music."-Kirkus Reviews This is a moving and impassioned picture book about the iconic Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla, that will embolden young readers to find their passion and make the impossible, possible! Selena Quintanilla's music career began at the age of nine when she started singing in her family's band. She went from using a hairbrush as a microphone to traveling from town to town to play gigs. But Selena faced a challenge: People said that she would never make it in Tejano music, which was dominated by male performers. Selena was determined to prove them wrong. Born and raised in Texas, Selena didn't know how to speak Spanish, but with the help of her dad, she learned to sing it. With songs written and composed by her older brother and the fun dance steps Selena created, her band, Selena Y Los Dinos, rose to stardom! A true trailblazer, her success in Tejano music and her crossover into mainstream American music opened the door for other Latinx entertainers, and she became an inspiration for Latina girls everywhere.

30 review for Queen of Tejano Music: Selena

  1. 5 out of 5

    Marissa Elera

    This book is very much a mixed bag for me. The illustrations are beyond stunning - so beautiful! The text was less successful for me. It is a difficult task to distill Selena's whole life story into a picture book format, I absolutely appreciate that. With that said, I think the text was too dense and the end of her life was completely glossed over. Her death wasn't even on her life time line, only in a note at the very end. If a modern child were reading this with no real prior knowledge of Sel This book is very much a mixed bag for me. The illustrations are beyond stunning - so beautiful! The text was less successful for me. It is a difficult task to distill Selena's whole life story into a picture book format, I absolutely appreciate that. With that said, I think the text was too dense and the end of her life was completely glossed over. Her death wasn't even on her life time line, only in a note at the very end. If a modern child were reading this with no real prior knowledge of Selena, they would be confused. While I do agree that the fine details belong in a note instead of the main text, I do feel strongly that her death should have been reflected somehow in the actual story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Allie

    The illustrations are really stunning, but holy hell is there ever a lot of text. Each page has a bit about her life and upbringing, but the text is quite dense and very small. I like that there is a timeline of her life at the end, but I didn't like that the author used the euphemistic "lost her life" instead of "died." I understand a reticence to maybe avoid words like "killed" or "murder," but talking about death in abstract or euphemistic terms is confusing and only does children a disservic The illustrations are really stunning, but holy hell is there ever a lot of text. Each page has a bit about her life and upbringing, but the text is quite dense and very small. I like that there is a timeline of her life at the end, but I didn't like that the author used the euphemistic "lost her life" instead of "died." I understand a reticence to maybe avoid words like "killed" or "murder," but talking about death in abstract or euphemistic terms is confusing and only does children a disservice.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    This takes me back to my early teenage years. I remember singing & dancing along with Selena in the mid 80’s. A fun & wonderfully illustrated book about the young performer who captivated everyone’s heart! 💃🏽❤️

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Queen of Tejano Music: Selena is a children's picture book written by Silvia López and illustrated by Paola Escobar. It centers on the musical origin and cultural impact of Mexican American performer Selena Quintanilla. Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, model, actress, and fashion designer. She was referred to as the Queen of Tejano music and her contributions to music and fashion made her one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers of the lat Queen of Tejano Music: Selena is a children's picture book written by Silvia López and illustrated by Paola Escobar. It centers on the musical origin and cultural impact of Mexican American performer Selena Quintanilla. Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, model, actress, and fashion designer. She was referred to as the Queen of Tejano music and her contributions to music and fashion made her one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers of the late 20th century. López's text is rather simplistic, straightforward, and informative. López contextualizes Selena's life and career, supplementing the narrative with quotations that allow readers a glimpse of her personality. Backmatter includes an illustrated timeline and further information on the subject's life and death. Escobar's elaborate illustrations prove an enriching complement, portraying key scenes, significant players, and iconic outfits. The premise of the book is rather straightforward. It delves into the early life and career of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, known professionally as Selena. The lengthy narrative is nicely divided between a fawning tribute and a straightforward recounting of accomplishments by working hard to paint the picture of the artist's childhood and what led to her musical achievements. Not surprisingly, there's not much dwelling on the circumstances of the singer's murder other than an explainer page and a mention in a timeline in the backmatter, which also offers other cultural context. All in all, Queen of Tejano Music: Selena is a worthy picture-book to the Queen of Tejano music – Selena.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Hagen

    Is this a children’s book? Yes. Is it also for adults? YES. The text and information throughout the book do not read as a children’s book. The text and information read more like a very short, but well summed up, biography of Selena. I knew I was going to love the book, but I went in expecting writing aimed at young children more than me and was so estate as I kept reading that I was reading a mini bio of Selena that was purely palatable for adults. While that may sound off putting for a childre Is this a children’s book? Yes. Is it also for adults? YES. The text and information throughout the book do not read as a children’s book. The text and information read more like a very short, but well summed up, biography of Selena. I knew I was going to love the book, but I went in expecting writing aimed at young children more than me and was so estate as I kept reading that I was reading a mini bio of Selena that was purely palatable for adults. While that may sound off putting for a children’s book, this is where the illustrations come in and truly take over. The illustrations are gorgeous. Selena, she looks like herself and it is so refreshing and beautiful to see her portrayed through a new illustrated lens. The pictures still showcase her magic and her beauty, it’s pure art. children will be mesmerized by these colorful and exuberant illustration of Selenas’s life. I may have to buy a second copy just to frame a couple of these pages. Overall, I cried multiple times reading this. If you’re a Selena fan, you will be so, so happy reading this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lorelei

    I am from southwest Texas and if you don't know Selena, something is very wrong with you. Selena died when I was four years old. My uncle had a poster of her in the trailer where he lived with my grandmother. I was always so drawn to her. Especially because she understood Spanish somewhat but couldn't speak it, like me! I stared at her picture and thought, "I want to be beautiful, caring and loved like her one day." Even from a photo, she had kind eyes and a genuine smile. Author, Silvia López is I am from southwest Texas and if you don't know Selena, something is very wrong with you. Selena died when I was four years old. My uncle had a poster of her in the trailer where he lived with my grandmother. I was always so drawn to her. Especially because she understood Spanish somewhat but couldn't speak it, like me! I stared at her picture and thought, "I want to be beautiful, caring and loved like her one day." Even from a photo, she had kind eyes and a genuine smile. Author, Silvia López is a fellow librarian and Latina! I was so excited when I spotted this book and it didn't disappoint. The artwork is just right for Selena's story and the font was pleasing too. You made an impact on this little brown girl, Selena. Thank you ♥ Up next: To Selena, With Love

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Alessandri

    As a child, I idolized Selena Quintanilla. I loved her and her music. And so I came to Silvia López’s picture book biography of Selena Quintanilla, stunningly illustrated by Paola Escobar, with eagerness. It did not disappoint! As a biography, it provides a thorough narrative of who Selena was and the impact she had. Each spread has gorgeous illustrations that depict the scenes of Selena’s childhood and rise to fame—and of her family. This truly is a work of art.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Madison C.

    Beautiful illustrations!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katie Reilley

    A beautifully written and illustrated picture book biography that celebrates the life of musician Selena. Lots of back matter and a timeline for readers to explore, too.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Leticia

    Excellent children's biography of one of my favorite people. This one is lengthy for a picture book, so best for older kids. Violet and Forrest will have to enjoy this one in a few years, but mama enjoyed it in the meantime. Excellent children's biography of one of my favorite people. This one is lengthy for a picture book, so best for older kids. Violet and Forrest will have to enjoy this one in a few years, but mama enjoyed it in the meantime.

  11. 4 out of 5

    MEHorton

    Sweet story about Selena’s life. The illustrations in this book are beautiful, so bright and colorful.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Annese

    Beautiful!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Beautiful and full of great and inspiring biographical information. A gem ❤️

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Bange

    There is precious little written about this young woman who had such a great influence on Tejano music; this one is special. Selena Quintanilla was a charismatic young girl with a pitch-perfect singing talent. When the family fell on hard times, they formed their own band to go on the road and play, with Selena as their lead singer and costume designer. This picture book biography presents highlights from her short life. López does a fine job of selecting and tying together episodes from Quintanil There is precious little written about this young woman who had such a great influence on Tejano music; this one is special. Selena Quintanilla was a charismatic young girl with a pitch-perfect singing talent. When the family fell on hard times, they formed their own band to go on the road and play, with Selena as their lead singer and costume designer. This picture book biography presents highlights from her short life. López does a fine job of selecting and tying together episodes from Quintanilla's life that would be most relevant for young readers. The book opens when she is six years old, takes up a hairbrush as a mic and begins singing with the band (her father, brother, and sister). It then flashes back to talk about her birth and growing up, their father opening a restaurant and the band performing there, her limited social life as a teenager, going on the road and obstacles they faced as a band, learning to perform their songs in Spanish (the kids understood it, but their primary language was English), and how she used their success to help others. Readers will feel that they have peeked into her life as López includes conversations within the text. Backmatter includes a timeline of her life; short explanations of what Tejanos are and how they are different from Hispanics/Latinos, what Tejano/Tex-Mex music is; what a Quinceañera is; what it was like to live in Lake Jackson and Corpus Christi; what Selena did behind the scenes for the band; her tragic death; and memorials to remember her. Digital illustrations by Paola Escobar are stunning. The stylized illustrations are bright and filled with detail and joy. Though the visual setting and backgrounds feel a bit older (early 1960's) than the time period Selena lived (1970's-mid 1990's), Escobar has captured the joy that Quintanilla exuded. Looking at the illustrations, one wants to hear the amazing voice of this young woman. Use this in units on music, women's studies, Latinx studies, and as an example of how hard work can bring success. Highly Recommended for grades 3-8.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    I had a hard time with this book because I don't think the text and images pair well. The illustrations are absolutetly stunning, but swallowed by the walls of text on each page. I understand there's a lot to cover on Selena and her life! But I still think it could have been done differently. Additionally, as many have noted, that her death is not mentioned until a brief section in the backmatter, which is, IMO, a problem. Yes, it's a book for children, but her death is sadly a huge part of her I had a hard time with this book because I don't think the text and images pair well. The illustrations are absolutetly stunning, but swallowed by the walls of text on each page. I understand there's a lot to cover on Selena and her life! But I still think it could have been done differently. Additionally, as many have noted, that her death is not mentioned until a brief section in the backmatter, which is, IMO, a problem. Yes, it's a book for children, but her death is sadly a huge part of her story. It doesn't need to take center stage, but most timelines state notable figures' death dates if they are no longer alive. The text also alludes to the struggles Selena faced due to machismo and the strictness of her father, but this doesn't seem to be called what it is: a source of conflict. This is another reason why Selena is so iconic for Latinas! I understand it's tricky to criticize her father since he seemingly controls her entire image and memory, but this is certainly something worth digging deeper into. How a strong, successful young woman is robbed of her future and somehow a man kinda ends up owning her memory and the rights to her image. Finally, Selena was morena with beautiful brown skin and the illustrations portray her lighter, more like Jennifer Lopez's portrayal of her in the 1997 movie. As Selena's image continues in media, it's certainly worth noting some lightening. Idk. I expected something different. I am sure it's a book loved by many, but it wasn't my favorite.

  16. 4 out of 5

    geo

    ”her success shows all girls with big dreams that, they, too, can strive to reach their goals, no matter who they are or what those goals may be.” wow! this is a beautiful book about our beloved selena. the art style is stunning and the attention to detail is *chefs kiss* x1000 but can we also talk about the cover? truly the most beautiful book cover i’ve ever seen! the drawing on selena’s gift tugged heavily at my heart strings... there is so much love and admiration young latinas feel towards s ”her success shows all girls with big dreams that, they, too, can strive to reach their goals, no matter who they are or what those goals may be.” wow! this is a beautiful book about our beloved selena. the art style is stunning and the attention to detail is *chefs kiss* x1000 but can we also talk about the cover? truly the most beautiful book cover i’ve ever seen! the drawing on selena’s gift tugged heavily at my heart strings... there is so much love and admiration young latinas feel towards selena. she will always be one of us, forever.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    This snuck up on me by surprise. Despite living in Texas, I was completely unaware of Selena Quintanilla, but then I was oblivious to a lot of stuff, especially musical stuff. She was a musician who died young but managed to make a big impact, first pushing through gender barriers to become a star of Tejano music, and then pushing through ethnic/racist barriers to become a star in general music. Lopez traces her from her first days singing with her family's band to the days in her early teens wh This snuck up on me by surprise. Despite living in Texas, I was completely unaware of Selena Quintanilla, but then I was oblivious to a lot of stuff, especially musical stuff. She was a musician who died young but managed to make a big impact, first pushing through gender barriers to become a star of Tejano music, and then pushing through ethnic/racist barriers to become a star in general music. Lopez traces her from her first days singing with her family's band to the days in her early teens when they went professional and thereby missed most of a regular teen life (she didn't even get a quinceanera!) and did high school and college remotely. My favorite factoid was that she didn't speak Spanish much with her family -- like many Latinx families they wanted the kids to speak English. But then the family band sang mostly in Spanish and she had to work really hard to learn the songs phonetically, and when she toured Mexico she was worried that she'd trip up during the spoken interviews. But her honesty and the obvious work she had done learning the language endeared her to the audience. The format is vibrantly colored illustrations with a painterly and Tex-Mex feel with fairly verbose explanations. It ends with a timeline and then extra bits to define terms like Tejanos, quinceaneras, and also to discuss her early death and legacy. The illustrations and text made a strong impression of me, giving me an insight into a world going on near but invisible to me as I grew up, and the impact one woman with a dream made through her voice. Selena is still an inspiration to young (and particularly female, particularly Latinx) people and I'm glad this book taught me about her. I think kids would find the illustrations appealing enough to listen or read through the text, and it feel like an authentic story and one that encourages outsiders to appreciate the lives of the characters.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    A lovely and deserving picture book biography of Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla. The pictures are wonderful, and the kid-friendly text makes her sound like a wonderful person as well as a powerful singer (she kind of reminds me of Dolly Parton in her humble roots and big heart). I did have some quibbles with it though: the first page puts words in her mouth while setting the scene. Her actual words at the time couldn't have been preserved, so that irritates me. The artwork is colorful and vibr A lovely and deserving picture book biography of Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla. The pictures are wonderful, and the kid-friendly text makes her sound like a wonderful person as well as a powerful singer (she kind of reminds me of Dolly Parton in her humble roots and big heart). I did have some quibbles with it though: the first page puts words in her mouth while setting the scene. Her actual words at the time couldn't have been preserved, so that irritates me. The artwork is colorful and vibrant, but I would have appreciated a photo of her (there are plenty available!), even if somewhere in the back matter. The backmatter is good, with a timeline, and fuller explanations of Tejano culture, history, Selena's death and even quinceañeras. But it doesn't have a bibliography of the sources the author used and quotes from liberally (including from Selena herself)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Ledesma

    This is such a beautiful testament to Selena's life. I grew up listening to her music but knowing nothing about her. "Queen of Tejano Music" captures every inspirational inch of Selena's life, following her from childhood all the way through to the end. I learned so much about her and it makes me so unbelievably proud to be latina. My favorite thing about this book is the bright and beautiful illustration. Selena just looks so much like... Selena. I was captivated by every picture, especially her This is such a beautiful testament to Selena's life. I grew up listening to her music but knowing nothing about her. "Queen of Tejano Music" captures every inspirational inch of Selena's life, following her from childhood all the way through to the end. I learned so much about her and it makes me so unbelievably proud to be latina. My favorite thing about this book is the bright and beautiful illustration. Selena just looks so much like... Selena. I was captivated by every picture, especially her characteristically vibrant outfits. The illustrations are also great at making Selena look her age throughout the story, which is pretty rare in Selena's narrative but very inspiring for young girls. All in all, this is the perfect book to introduce people to Selena Quintanilla's life story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elvia Palacios

    Just about anything about Selena will bring a tear into my eye because a) I just love this celebrity so much and b) you can always feel how much fans love and miss her through the work they create about her - whether it's a fan's passion project, art, Youtube video reacting to her music, or a picture book. This book was a lovely, simple biography about Selena with well-written snippets spanning from her childhood and throughout her career and beautiful art to tie it all together. Besides giving Just about anything about Selena will bring a tear into my eye because a) I just love this celebrity so much and b) you can always feel how much fans love and miss her through the work they create about her - whether it's a fan's passion project, art, Youtube video reacting to her music, or a picture book. This book was a lovely, simple biography about Selena with well-written snippets spanning from her childhood and throughout her career and beautiful art to tie it all together. Besides giving a linear history on Selena's life and accomplishments, the author also comments on the impact Selena had on Tex-Mex culture and music, and the inspiration she affected in her fans. Such a beautiful book. It's one I need for my personal collection. =]

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joelle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love Selena and really feel this book does her story justice. The author does a great job describing different seasons of her life and including gorgeous, detailed illustrations of each passage. The author chose not to include the details of her death (an appropriate choice for this children’s book). Instead, she gives a timeline of Selena’s life and later describes how her life ended in a larger afterword focusing on Selena’s legacy and contribution to the world. I found the information well I love Selena and really feel this book does her story justice. The author does a great job describing different seasons of her life and including gorgeous, detailed illustrations of each passage. The author chose not to include the details of her death (an appropriate choice for this children’s book). Instead, she gives a timeline of Selena’s life and later describes how her life ended in a larger afterword focusing on Selena’s legacy and contribution to the world. I found the information well organized for a young audience and appealing to adults simultaneously. The illustrations are eye catching and are well matched to Selena’s story. Definitely a 5 star book! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rubi

    The artwork was BEAUTIFUL! But the "story" came off as more a biography or fact check, with dates and everything. They kind of gave different facts about Selena and told us things about her that I wish would have been SHOWN through something she did or experienced in more of a story. Honestly, I already knew most of these facts based on the 90s movie I watched of her life and that was more fun to see her come alive. I was excited for this and am a little disappointed that they didn't (in my opin The artwork was BEAUTIFUL! But the "story" came off as more a biography or fact check, with dates and everything. They kind of gave different facts about Selena and told us things about her that I wish would have been SHOWN through something she did or experienced in more of a story. Honestly, I already knew most of these facts based on the 90s movie I watched of her life and that was more fun to see her come alive. I was excited for this and am a little disappointed that they didn't (in my opinion) make Selena come alive on the page. Again though, the artist did a FANTASTIC job! Well, done. The cover is breathtaking.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

    The focus here is definitely on the hard work that Selena and her family put in to pursue music, support the family, and keep up with the other things they valued (like education). Pretty small text (with a good bit of it), usually in a frame on each page/two-page spread. The illustrations are really immersive. The main text clearly talks about Selena in past tense, but doesn't mention her death. It is on the timeline, though the language there isn't super direct; there's more detail elsewhere in The focus here is definitely on the hard work that Selena and her family put in to pursue music, support the family, and keep up with the other things they valued (like education). Pretty small text (with a good bit of it), usually in a frame on each page/two-page spread. The illustrations are really immersive. The main text clearly talks about Selena in past tense, but doesn't mention her death. It is on the timeline, though the language there isn't super direct; there's more detail elsewhere in the back matter.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I fell in love with Selena's music and story when I first heard of her as an older teenager. She pushed boundaries and broke barriers that were huge for women in the 80-90's. I loved that she had a style all her own and stood strong in it. This book was a great read, perfectly put together for kids. It doesn't get into too many details that kids might not be ready for, but gives enough to give hope and inspiration to all. She was a beautiful soul and I'm so happy to see her story being told agai I fell in love with Selena's music and story when I first heard of her as an older teenager. She pushed boundaries and broke barriers that were huge for women in the 80-90's. I loved that she had a style all her own and stood strong in it. This book was a great read, perfectly put together for kids. It doesn't get into too many details that kids might not be ready for, but gives enough to give hope and inspiration to all. She was a beautiful soul and I'm so happy to see her story being told again!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chanel Savoie

    Even though most of this book is quite good, I have a huge problem with the fact that the book does not say that she died in the text. It talks abut her album Dreaming of You, but not that it was released posthumously. I feel that is a glaring and honestly unforgivable offense in a biography. The backmatter does have a timeline showing that she "lost her life" (but not that she was killed, as it should), but it should have been addressed in the text. Even though most of this book is quite good, I have a huge problem with the fact that the book does not say that she died in the text. It talks abut her album Dreaming of You, but not that it was released posthumously. I feel that is a glaring and honestly unforgivable offense in a biography. The backmatter does have a timeline showing that she "lost her life" (but not that she was killed, as it should), but it should have been addressed in the text.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Holly Mueller

    I liked learning more about Selena Quintanilla’s life and music career. It’s neat that she was such a kind person as well as talented. She was definitely a ground-breaker! I was wondering how the author would handle her death. It is explained in the back matter along with more about Tejanos, Tex-Mex music, Hispanics/Latinos, cities in Texas. and quinceañeras. The illustrations are outstanding. That two page spread of the cover art is breathtaking.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ms Threlkeld

    I really enjoyed the illustrations in this picture book biography and how much information was packed into each page, but Selena's death isn't mentioned in the main text or even the timeline at the end - it is discussed in a few short paragraphs in the back matter after several other pages of info, which most young readers won't bother to look at. I don't think the author needed to focus on her death, but it should certainly be part of the story. I really enjoyed the illustrations in this picture book biography and how much information was packed into each page, but Selena's death isn't mentioned in the main text or even the timeline at the end - it is discussed in a few short paragraphs in the back matter after several other pages of info, which most young readers won't bother to look at. I don't think the author needed to focus on her death, but it should certainly be part of the story.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Zan Porter

    Selena Quintanilla's music career began at the age of nine when she started singing in her family's band. She went from using a hairbrush as a microphone to traveling from town to town to play gigs. But Selena faced a challenge: People said that she would never make it in Tejano music, which was dominated by male performers. Selena was determined to prove them wrong. Selena Quintanilla's music career began at the age of nine when she started singing in her family's band. She went from using a hairbrush as a microphone to traveling from town to town to play gigs. But Selena faced a challenge: People said that she would never make it in Tejano music, which was dominated by male performers. Selena was determined to prove them wrong.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jo Oehrlein

    The story of Selena from a young age when her bigger siblings were starting a band to the decision for her to start singing in English. Her death is left to back matter. This isn't a quick read-aloud, but does give you an idea of how hard Selena had to work (even with her amazing talent) to do what she did. The story of Selena from a young age when her bigger siblings were starting a band to the decision for her to start singing in English. Her death is left to back matter. This isn't a quick read-aloud, but does give you an idea of how hard Selena had to work (even with her amazing talent) to do what she did.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle Stoller

    The sole reason I gave this one star is due to its readability. Who picked the font? It is not an accessible font, whether in size or style. I opened the book and was like.....yeah not going to happen. And that is sad because the illustrations are vibrant and wonderful. Selena also is an important cultural icon that I would like more people to know about!

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