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Yo sé cómo hacerlo, by Joan Soriano and Karen Rowan NEW!

Yo sé cómo hacerlo, by Joan Soriano and Karen Rowan NEW!

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Yo sé cómo hacerlo

La historia de Joan Soriano, el músico que toca bachata

Too young to be allowed to stay up late to listen to the neighborhood bands play, at 6 years old he hid under the chairs of the bachata musicians and listened all night long. Joan says that music ran in his blood and his heart beat to the rhythm of bachata. A self-taught bachata musician with dozens of albums, he has recorded with some of the most renowned Dominican musicians and has traveled the world performing with his band. This is the story of the tenacity of a boy who knew that all he wanted to be was a musician.

Yo sé cómo hacerlo, La historia de Joan Soriano, el músico que toca bachata is a novel for intermediate students of Spanish in the Fluency Fast series of readers. It uses a vocabulary of about 800 words, including 70 cognates and many previously known high-frequency words to tell a 9000-word story with past, present, immediate future, conditional and subjunctive. The vocabulary is high-frequency and includes the 24 highest-frequency verbs in Spanish as well as vocabulary commonly used by Joan Soriano and his family in the Dominican Republic.

This book is a collaboration between Karen Rowan and Joan Soriano after four years of interviews.

isbn 9781956170009

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Yo sé cómo hacerlo es una novela breve y fácil en español en la serie de libros de Fluency Fast para estudiantes de español del nivel intermedio. Lleva un vocabulario de aproximadamente 800 palabras, incluyendo 70 cognados (palabras similares en español e inglés) y muchas palabras familiares. Cuenta un cuento de 9000 palabras en el presente, el pasado, el futuro, el condicional y el subjuntivo. Usa las palabras más comunes, incluyendo los 24 verbos más frecuentes. También lleva el vocabulario común que usa la familia de Joan Soriano en la República Dominicana diariamente. 
Joan Soriano es un músico en la RD.  Creció en La Luisa, una pequeña comunidad rural, con 14 hermanos y padres que sembraban yuca (cassava). Sus padres no dejaron a Joan escuchar a los músicos que tocaban en La Luisa por las noches. Cuando tenía seis años, se escondía debajo de la silla de los músicos y escuchaba toda la noche. Joan decía que llevaba la música en su sangre y su corazón latía al ritmo de la bachata. Se enseñaba a sí mismo a tocar la guitarra y ahora tiene docenas de álbumes. Ha grabado álbumes con los músicos más famosos de la RD. Ha viajado por todo el mundo con su banda. Esta es la historia de la tenacidad de un muchacho que sabía que solamente quería ser músico.
Este libro es una colaboración entre Karen Rowan y Joan Soriano después de cuatro años de entrevistas. 
isbn 9781956170009

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Discover bachata through the eyes of a child

I really enjoyed reading Joan Soriano's story. The book allows us to discover bachata through the experiences of a child who falls in love with the music: "He was only six years old, but his heart was already beating to the rhythm of bachata”. Joan was only a child when he decided to become a musician. His first guitar was a tin can with fishing lines. He came from a poor background, but through determination and the support and love of his family the boy achieved his dream. This is a beautifully illustrated story with an inspirational message for our students. But also an open door to the culture of the Dominican Republic and its music.

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Adam Taub
Wonder Story and Resource For Spanish Language Learners

This inspirational story about Dominican Bachata musician, Joan Soriano's musical journey is a wonderful resource for Spanish language learners and teachers! Full of engaging text and illustrations, Yo Sé Cómo Hacerlo incorporates rich cultural aspects related to life in the Dominican Republic and Bachata culture and history. I met Joan Soriano in 2007 when I began filming the documentary film, El Duque de la Bachata, about his life and struggle to make it as a working Bachata musician. Now, during film screenings and Bachata lectures around the world I often share Joan's story with audiences. The story about a boy and his first little tin can guitar that went on to become a professional Bachata musician. I'm very happy to that this engaging story is now in book form, wonderfully written and illustrated. Spanish learners and teachers along with those interested in Bachata and Dominican culture will find this book of great interest.

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C.S.
Yo sé cómo hacerlo

This is an amazing life story, a true story about how a little boy from a poor farming family in the Dominican Republic learned to play the guitar and to sing bachata, the music of the poor people in his country. This was a kid who had the guts to leave his family at the age of 12 to go off to become a professional musician. And he actually succeeded at that young age. He went on to be famous not only in the D.R. but also internationally, and to have his own band, which is still playing today. As a reader, I could feel what life was like for him in the country and in a band. There is a real sense of life in a Latin American Caribbean country. This is a great book with superb color illustrations throughout.

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A.R.

I really enjoyed this story as I found it very authentic. I could see and feel Joan's voice through out the whole text. I was inspired by his story, his perseverance and his talent. The book is written in an accessible Spanish, perfect for a language classroom. I know my students will enjoy this book a lot and will be inspired as well, specially my musical students.

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