Criss Cross Mangosauce is an edutainment venture founded in 2007 to foster children’s love for languages, cultures and performing arts. Criss Cross Mangosauce offers bilingual (English/Spanish) programs and products for libraries, schools and families interested in raising bilingual and globally minded children: Bilingual CDs and books; educational performances; workshops and on-line resources.
The concept was created by Irania Patterson (Children’s author, Storyteller and Educator) and Ana Lucia Divins (Singer-Songwriter and Multicultural Marketer). Inspired by their own experience of raising bilingual children and working with bilingual audiences for many years, these Latina moms, performing artists and educators share with others their Hispanic heritage and Spanish language in a bilingual, fun and educational way.
By: Irania Patterson One of the bilingual techniques we use in the programs and products of Criss Cross Mangosauce is called Total Physical Response or TPR. This approach delivers commands and the children demonstrate comprehension through physical response. In other words the learner demonstrates with his body that he understands what you are saying. Children [...]
By: Ana Lucia Divins Photo Courtesy: Alexandra Vilchez As an artist, I believe that if I am able to impact positively at least one person of my audience every time I perform, then my job is done. Last week, I had the opportunity [...]
“ Criss Cross Mangosauce participated at our “International Storytime” event in 2008 and “A Children’s World of Play” in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Our audience of children was greatly drawn to your talents, charisma, and passion that you clearly exemplified through your engaging bilingual music, dance, and stories. You are true roles models for youth [...]
“Thank you so much for participating in Rowan Public Libraries 2011 One World, Many Stories Summer Reading Program. We have heard wonderful response from our patrons about your program and the folks in Cleveland were so excited to tell me how much they enjoyed all of the dancing! We throroughly enjoyed having you both here [...]
“I was the originator of the Theatre Stage of the Festival in the Park 2009 in Freedom Park in Charlotte, NC and responsible for booking and scheduling its acts and supervising the performers and their performances. Criss Cross Mangosauce performances are always: high-energy, highly audience interactive, highly family- friendly, educational, relevant to the Hispanic and [...]