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Kids Books We Love: Carlos Santana. Sound of the Heart, Song of the World

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Explore the childhood story of Carlos Santana in Gary Golio's picture book. Carlos Santana, Sound of the Heart, Song of the World, featuring illustrations by Rudy Gutierrez. | Live Colorful

Last September, Gary Golio released his new nonfiction Picture Book, Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, Song of the World.

We got a copy of the book a few weeks ago from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, and my son was really curious to read it. First I shared with him some of his music on our way to school so he could relate it with the story later. That afternoon we jumped into reading the book and discussed what being passionate about something means, and how he could pursue any goals and adventures he can imagine, leaving all obstacles aside.

Explore the childhood story of Carlos Santana in Gary Golio's picture book. Carlos Santana, Sound of the Heart, Song of the World, featuring illustrations by Rudy Gutierrez. | Live Colorful

I really like that Gary wrote a book that focuses a lot on Carlo’s childhood and his family back in Mexico. I felt like those first pages really made my son connect with the protagonist, and imagine the situations comparing them with his own life, our family members who still live in Mexico and whom we visit often, and his own cultural experiences.

The book also explores the struggle for families when they blend with a new culture. He found his own voice, but he never left behind the sounds of Mexico that give him a start and pushed to create something new and fresh.

The vibrant illustrations were created by Rudy Gutierrez, the internationally celebrated artist who created the iconic Carlos Santana Shaman CD cover. They transported us to magical world, and the images go round and move, just like music. It’s like you could hear while looking at the book, Carlos Santana’s career, from his early exposure to mariachi to his successful fusion of rock, blues, jazz, and Latin influences.

Explore the childhood story of Carlos Santana in Gary Golio's picture book. Carlos Santana, Sound of the Heart, Song of the World, featuring illustrations by Rudy Gutierrez. | Live Colorful

Gary Golio is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling children’s book author and visual artist, whose books include Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix, When Bob Met Woody: The Story of the Young Bob Dylan, and Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, Song of the World.

Find Carlos Santana’s book here. Find more about Gary’s work here and here.

Explore the childhood story of Carlos Santana in Gary Golio's picture book. Carlos Santana, Sound of the Heart, Song of the World, featuring illustrations by Rudy Gutierrez. | Live Colorful

Frida Kahlo Placemat Printable

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Frida Kahlo Imprimible | Frida Kahlo Printable by Una Fiesta Bonita | Live Colorful

I hope you guys had an amazing summer. We visited family in Mexico and discovered the beautiful manteconchas , enjoyed many sunny days in the pool, made a few trips to the San Francisco bay and got ready for the first day of Jaxon’s school, which was a bit melancholic but exciting for both of us.

To celebrate the beginning of this new school year, I want to share with you the work of Wendy from Una Fiesta Bonita who I met through Instagram a few weeks ago. She makes the cutest printables to decorate awesome, unique and personalized parties! As soon as I saw her work on her Instagram account I knew that I have to share more about her store and the products that she offers. She makes everything for a themed party, from invitations, to garlands, party favor boxes, cupcake toppers and more! 

Wendy is from Guatemala, but currently lives in Mexico with her husband and her 6 year old daughter. She is a huge fan of everything homemade and handmade, especially birthday parties. 

She created these super cute Frida Kahlo placemats. If you love the theme, don’t forget to check out the complete Frida Kahlo’s party kit here.

FREE FRIDA KAHLO PLACEMAT PRINTABLE:

Download the PDF printable here or click in image below.

Frida-Kahlo_Mantelitos

 

Tip. Print in a heavyweight paper such a cardstock.

Find more of her work in her website, Instagram and Pinterest.

Having a birthday party soon? What is your kid’s favorite theme?

The Joy of Childhood

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This post was sponsored by Kinder Joy™ but the content and opinions expressed here are all my
own.

The Joy of Childhood | Live Colorful

I often think about my childhood and the things that made me feel joy and excitement, such as
knocking on my friend’s door on Sunday afternoons and asking them to go with me to the store to
buy yummy treats with the money from our mesadas. Most of those afternoons ended with us
playing avioncito, jumping between numbers and enjoying our yummy treats!

From those memories, I remember how a few times I felt disappointed about having to
choose between getting a yummy treat or a toy at the store! If we could have had Kinder Joy™ in
our local store when I was a kid, I assure you that I would have picked that exciting egg full of
wonder and delicious treat in a heartbeat!

In case you haven’t seen or heard, Kinder Joy™ is now available in the U.S. If you have never tried
a Kinder Joy™, you shouldn’t wait! I’m sure you and your kids will love to try them. Kinder Joy™
is a fun treat with two separately sealed halves, a treat side made of two creamy layers and a second
half containing an exciting mystery toy.

The Joy of Childhood | Live Colorful

I’m not sure who was more excited to see the the Kinder Joy™ display in our local store last
week, my toddler or me.

This afternoon, after finishing lunch, I let my son open his first Kinder Joy. I wish you could have
seen his excitement when he saw the treat, and then when he discovered that there was a toy in the
other side of the egg.

The Joy of Childhood | Live Colorful

He said he didn’t know what he liked best, the treat or the mystery toy. But I have the
feeling it was the combination of both surprises that made the treat even more magical.

We finished our treats and then played avioncito together. I tried to teach him about the rules of the game and how I used to play with my friends, but he just ended up running and jumping on the squares, which was also fun and cute. The important thing in the end was that special moment that we shared together, just like the ones I used to have when I was a kid.

The Joy of Childhood | Live Colorful