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When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana

By Mahin, Michael


Celebrate music icon Carlos Santana in this vibrant, rhythmic picture book from the author of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters.


  • Society of Illustrators Gold Medal for Original Art
  • Jr. Library Guild Selection
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Books 2018
  • Fuse 8/ Betsy Bird Best Picture Books 2018
  • Starred Reviews: Kirkus, Booklist, School Library Connection

Carlos Santana loved to listen to his father play el violín. It was a sound that filled the world with magic and love and feeling and healing--a sound that made angels real. Carlos wanted to make angels real, too. So he started playing music.

Carlos tried el clarinete and el violín, but there were no angels. Then he picked up la guitarra. He took the soul of the Blues, the brains of Jazz, and the energy of Rock and Roll, and added the slow heat of Afro-Cuban drums and the cilantro-scented sway of the music he'd grown up with in Mexico. There were a lot of bands in San Francisco but none of them sounded like this. Had Carlos finally found the music that would make his angels real?

PublishedSeptember 4, 2018
PublisherSimon & Schuster
GenresBiography & Memoir; Music