Posts Tagged ‘bilingual kids’

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

Make a Colorful Collage with Your Kids

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I’m partnering with LIFEWTR to bring you this project and inspire you to create something colorful and fun with your kids.

How to make a colorful collage with your kids with LIFEWTR & Scholastic | Live Colorful

I really enjoy making time to work on something creative with my son. It’s great because I know that through art and creativity, he will learn tons of new things about colors, shapes, history, nature, science and almost anything he can imagine, and at the same time, I get to spend precious quality time with him which is amazing.

The other day, I went to my local 7Eleven to buy a few bottles of LIFEWTR and went back home. Their amazing labels inspired me to create something fun that afternoon, and Jaxon got excited about the idea when I showed him the LIFEWTR and Scholastic kit that I got the other day. He was asking me to play with the sheets of paper since I got home with the kit, but I wanted to wait until I had an idea of something that we could create together with the material in in the box.

LIFEWTR is doing a fantastic job showcasing emerging artists on their bottles. They believe, just like me, that creativity and inspiration is as essential to life as water.

This kit that LIFEWTR and Scholastic created, includes art lessons and activities that motivate the little ones to explore techniques for illustrating characters, stenciling collages, and creating inked black-and-white designs with color blocking using printed pages with the artwork of three young artists.

How to make a colorful collage with your kids with LIFEWTR & Scholastic | Live Colorful

Jaxon and I decided to make a collage for his room using the colorful paper sheets. The idea was so simple, but perfect for his age, and the end result was super fun and cheerful!

How to make a colorful collage with your kids with LIFEWTR & Scholastic | Live Colorful

MATERIAL:

  • Printed paper sheets included in the the LIFEWTR and Scholastic kit
  • Stencils included in the the LIFEWTR and Scholastic kit
  • 1 Thick white paper sheet
  • Glue
  • Scissors

STEPS:

  1. Use the stencils to draw shapes on the back of the colorful paper included in the LIFEWTR and Scholastic kit.
  2. Cut the shapes.
  3. Place the shapes on the white paper sheet creating a design you like. Then glue all the pieces down.

How to make a colorful collage with your kids with LIFEWTR & Scholastic | Live Colorful

We actually designed something really simple, that was appropriate for a preschooler. If your kids are older, let them play with the stencils and use as many shapes as they want. Gluing different shapes together or one on top of other is a great way to make something unique and neat.

Find these amazing LIFEWTR bottles at your local 7ElevenEvery few months you will see a new series of LIFEWTR bottles focusing on a unique aspect of art, and putting the spotlight on three new artists. The next one is the Series 5 ‘Art Beyond Borders’ bottles and I’m sure it’s going to be super colorful. To see bottles and artwork from the past series check out their site here.

How to make a colorful collage with your kids with LIFEWTR & Scholastic | Live Colorful

 

Meet the Joobles! The Cutest Organic Stuffed Animals

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How cute are these organic stuffed animals hand knitted by peruvian artisans! | Live Colorful

Fair Indigo contacted me a few weeks ago to share about their adorable Joobles. The Joobles are a collection of organic stuffed animals hand knitted by Peruvian artisans.

What makes them special is that the organic cotton which what they are made of is grown without GMO’s on a small family-owned farm in the climatically perfect Inca region of Peru. The dyes are Oeko-tex certified, gentle on the earth, farmers, knitters, and babies. The organic plush dolls are meticulously knit in small, worker-owned cooperatives throughout Peru, providing steady income and a better life for some of Peru’s poorest citizens.

How cute are these organic stuffed animals hand knitted by peruvian artisans! | Live Colorful

They sent me two cute joobles that I’m planning to give to my two newborn nephews when we meet them for the first time in a few weeks over New Year’s Eve. One of my sister in law’s due dates is around Christmas day! And we are beyond excited about having two tiny new members of the family, and giving them these adorable Joobles for their new nurseries.

How cute are these organic stuffed animals hand knitted by peruvian artisans! | Live Colorful

Check out this blog post that Fair Indigo shared about their original Joobles designer who passed away a couple of years ago. Their non profit foundation is truly making a difference at their adopted schools in Peru, and reading about this and all the kids and families that they are helping is truly inspiring.

How cute are these organic stuffed animals hand knitted by peruvian artisans! | Live Colorful

Find out more about Fair Indigo here. You can also read more about the Fair Indigo Foundation here, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving educational opportunities in the communities where their products are made.