Search Results: "Margarita Sada"


BOOK REVIEW

GUACAMOLE by Jorge Argueta
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"A bilingual treat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Argueta follows Arroz con leche/Rice Pudding (illustrated by Fernando Vilela, 2010) with another simple, lyrical bilingual recipe for children. Read full book review >

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OLOYOU by Teresa Cárdenas
by Teresa Cárdenas, illustrated by Margarita Sada, translated by Elisa Amado
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Cárdenas supplies no source note, but her simple, good-humored tale will appeal to young readers and listeners. (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
Billed a Yoruba myth by the publisher and presented in parallel English and Spanish renditions, this tale from a Cuban storyteller and priestess of the Santería religion explains the origin of comets and the stars. Read full book review >

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HURRICANE DANCERS by Margarita Engle
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2011

"Taken individually the stories are slight, but they work together elegantly; the notes and back matter make this a great choice for classroom use. (bibliography) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Newbery Honor author Engle (The Surrender Tree, 2008) spins three intertwined tales in frequently lyrical free verse. Read full book review >

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POETRY
Released: April 1, 2008

"Young readers will come away inspired by these portraits of courageous ordinary people. (author's note, historical note, chronology, references) (Fiction/poetry. 12+)"
Tales of political dissent can prove, at times, to be challenging reads for youngsters, but this fictionalized version of the Cuban struggle for independence from Spain may act as an entry to the form. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"Stylistically, however, the manipulation of characters and their fictional conflicts seem, in this latest addition, formulaic. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Readers familiar with the author's prior works (The Poet Slave of Cuba, 2006, etc.) will recognize both style and themes in this verse novel set in World War II-era Cuba. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LION ISLAND by Margarita Engle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A fierce portrait of a young man's discovery of power through words. (historical background, historical note, references, further reading) (Historical verse/fiction. 11-16)"
This verse novel presents a fictionalized account of a real historical figure who used the power of words to help end forced labor in 19th-century Cuba. Read full book review >

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SKYWRITING by Margarita Engle
Released: July 1, 1995

"A remarkable work—and significant contribution—that seeks to understand the ravages wrought by oppressors past and present."
From poet and novelist Engle (Singing at Cuba, 1993, not reviewed): another lyrical and joyous affirmation of the human spirit's ability to subvert and survive—this one as much a history of Cuba as of one family's long fight for justice. ``The heart of the island,'' the story's young narrator asserts, ``is a magnet, enormous and powerful, pulling me back through time and space, pulling me in and down, swirling [in] the eye of the hurricane.'' And, in 1993, when Carmen Peregr°n visits Cuba and meets half-brother Camilo for the first time, she irrevocably enters the eye of that hurricane. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A well-researched and authoritative history of a Cuban exile who became president."
A debut work examines one of the first leaders of Cuba after its independence from Spain. Read full book review >

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POETRY
Released: March 1, 2010

"Another fine volume by a master of the novel in verse. (historical note, author's note) (Historical fiction. 10 & up)"
Three women, their lives circumscribed by their societies' expectations, come together in Cuba in 1851. Read full book review >

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FOREST WORLD by Margarita Engle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"An addition that delicately illustrates the Cuban-American experience through a poetic and scientific lens not often seen. (glossary of biodiversity words) (Verse fiction. 9-12)"
Young People's Poet Laureate Engle (Enchanted Air, 2016, etc.) brings readers the alternating poetic voices of a brother and sister navigating the complexity of their family dynamics and of "twenty-first-century attitudes / toward nature." Read full book review >

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ENCHANTED AIR by Margarita Engle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"As so many of our children are immigrants or children of immigrants, we need more of these stories, especially when they are as beautifully told as this one. (Cold War timeline, author's note) (Poetry/memoir. 10 & up)"
"It really is possible to feel / like two people / at the same time, / when your parents / grandparents / memories / words / come from two / different / worlds." Read full book review >

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WHEN YOU WANDER by Margarita Engle
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2013

"A sensible safety lesson and a satisfying story. (afterword) (Picture book. 3-8)"
A charismatic golden retriever narrates this earnest story about finding a toddler who wanders away into the woods. Read full book review >