Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes

2 CDs. 2 hrs. Recorded Books. Jan. 2016. $25.75. ISBN 9781501912924. digital download.
Gr 5–8—In this audiobook, the lives of 20-plus heroic and notable Hispanic men and women are briefly described. These mini biographies, though brief, are composed well, and the work as a whole is easy to listen to, as it has some narrative elements. It isn't bogged down with facts, dates, and quotes. The individuals profiled include famous actors and musicians, as well as political and governmental leaders. There are a few words in Spanish, but nothing listeners can't decipher, as there are plenty of context clues. Luis Moreno's narration is very well done. The audio version does lack the bibliography and recommended reading list that is in the back of the print version.
VERDICT The entries are entertaining and interesting, but are not substantial enough for research. This is a great resource for introducing biographies, adding some diversity to collections, and so much more. ["This visually and textually stunning title is one to cherish and celebrate": SLJ 11/14 starred review of the Dial book.]

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