cover image Danza! Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de México

Danza! Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de México

Duncan Tonatiuh. Abrams, $18.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4197-2532-6

Tonatiuh follows his picture book biographies of Diego Rivera and José Guadalupe Posada with a vibrant introduction to a Mexican artist who made her mark in the arena of dance. Inspired by the danzas she saw performed on the streets of Mexico City as a child, Amalia Hernández went on to study ballet before being exposed to modern dance. Eventually, she became a choreographer and founded a company that sought to pay tribute to Mexico’s past and present, fusing her study of traditional dances from across the country (“She paid special attention to the steps, the music, and the outfits people wore”) with top-notch production values. Employhis his customary brand of Mixtec-inspired collage, Tonatiuh makes expert use of photographic bits of lace, cloth, and hair to bring warmth to the dancers, who dip and turn on each spread. A closing note and glossary provide additional context and insight. Ages 6–10. (Aug.)