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Macmillan Children's Book

Sing, Don't Cry

Author: Angela Dominguez

Sing, Don't Cry

Sing, Don't Cry


About This Book

A warm family story about finding joy in life, inspired by the author's grandfather and the Mexican song Cielito Lindo.
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Once a year, Abuelo comes from Mexico to visit his family. He brings his guitar, his music—and his memories.

In this story inspired by the life of Apolinar Navarrete Diaz—author Angela Dominguez’s grandfather and a successful mariachi musician—Abuelo and his grandchildren sing through the bad times and the good. Lifting their voices and their spirits, they realize that true happiness comes from singing together.

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In The News

"With its uplifting message and smiling characters, Dominguez’s story reminds readers that life’s woes are inevitable but can be mitigated by a song in the heart." —Booklist, starred review

"Authentic, heartfelt, and relatable. . . . A wonderful choice for group sharing." —School Library Journal, starred review

Praise for How Do You Say? / ¿Cómo se dice?:

"Young children will delight in the antics of two endearing giraffes in this bilingual picture book." —School Library Journal

"This charming story is as light as air yet carries heft." —Kirkus Reviews

"As appealing to look at as it is to listen to, this book... provides opportunities to bring together those learning English, learning Spanish, or just learning how to make new friends and amigos." —The Horn Book

"Dominguez’s bold, playful pictures keep the focus squarely on the giraffes’ one-on-one interactions as she demonstrates something that many children know intuitively: speaking different languages is a minor detail when it comes to making new friends." —Publishers Weekly

Praise for Maria Had a Little Llama / María tenía una llamita:

“A fresh and enjoyable reimagining of a traditional children's rhyme.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A solid addition to a bilingual storytime program.” —The Bulletin

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Sing, Don't Cry

Sing, Don't Cry