Sound of the Heart, Song of the World
Author: Gary Golio; illustrations by Rudy Gutierrez
Discover the childhood story of Carlos Santana in Gary Golio's Sound of the Heart, Song of the World, featuring illustrations by Rudy Gutierrez, the internationally celebrated artist who created the iconic Carlos Santana Shaman CD cover.
Carlos Santana grew up surrounded by music. His father, a beloved mariachi performer, teaches his son how to play the violin when he is only six years old. But when Carlos discovers American blues, he is captivated by the raw honesty of the music. Unable to think of anything else, he loses all interest in the violin. When Carlos finally receives his first guitar, his whole life begins to change.
From his early exposure to mariachi to his successful fusing of rock, blues, jazz, and Latin influences, here is the childhood story of a legendary musician.
Christy Ottaviano Books
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
In The News
A CCBC Choice Title
"The swirling illustrations mimic the ebb and flow of grown-up Carlos' band, Santana, evoking its signature sound. This book is a pleasure to read aloud, and the pictures transmit an infectious joy. A fitting tribute to a ground-breaking musician."--Booklist, starred review
"A worthy addition to most biography collections that is perfect for sharing, especially paired with samples of his music. . . Full of vivid, flowing colors that shine as it captures the soul of Santana and his work."--School Library Journal
"The acute pain of separation felt “when Papá is gone—sometimes for months—earning money” balances against Gutierrez’s tender and realistic rendering of Santana’s mother, who moves her family to Tijuana to seek a better life. Brown faces predominate in the swirling, psychedelic, sixties-inspired acrylic illustrations, illuminating the centrality of family despite Santana’s at-times contentious relationship with his father."--The Horn Book