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Remove FREE. Unavailable for purchase. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. Even more unique is that all of the people featured in these poems at one point lived in geographic regions now considered part of the modern United States, often times in cases in which their ancestors stayed in one place for so long that their homelands changed from Spanish colonies to Mexican territories, and then states within the US.


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In other cases some of these figures were born in the U. The back of the book features a mini biography on each of the figures, so the reader can find out more about a particular person and their history after reading the poems, or even to get some background knowledge before reading the poems. The poems are written from an autobiographical point of view, each of them describing who they are and what their contribution was. Each poem features a detailed illustration of the person, which also portrays what that person's contribution was.

So even without reading, the illustrations give way to much meaning. I think this collection of poems would be excellent to use during Hispanic Heritage month and tie in teaching the elements of poetry during this time through the use of the poems. Students can compare and contrast the different figures and the influences that they had. A teacher could also use these figures to teach geography of different places in the United States or Latin American countries, or the opposite in which geography is taught through studying these figures.

I would recommend this book for 3rd grade and up. View all 3 comments. Shelves: poetry , biography , picturebooks , hispanic. I wasn't that impressed by the actual poems, but the people profiled are really interesting, and I would read longer biographies of basically all of them. The backmatter does give mini-bios of each of them, as well as a list of 26?

Engle's opening note says, "Dear Readers, This is not a book about the most famous Hispanics. These poems are about a variety of amazing people who lived in geographic regions now included in the modern United States. They are people who have faced life's challenges in creative ways.

Some were celebrated in their lifetimes but have been forgotten by history. Others achieved lasing fame. Jul 29, Stephanie Bange rated it it was amazing. Fresh fruit really is the cure for scurvy. Tito Puente was the King of Latin Jazz. Hailing from Puerto Rico, Roberto Clemente was a Pittsburgh Pirate baseball player who died in a plane crash while trying to deliver supplies to earthquake survivors in Nicaragua.

Backmatter includes more information about each person and includes a list of other Latinos who presumably were under consideration for inclusion. A core title for K-8 classrooms looking to include not only diversity, but also consideration for others through the magic of words. Jun 22, Melanie Dulaney rated it liked it Shelves: picture-book , children-s , middle-grades , texas-bluebonnet-award-nominee , poetry. The poems, however, are so brief that readers will often be left with more questions about what the individual did than any clear understanding of their contributions.

All that being said, our students need to know that our history is filled with strong people from a wide variety of backgrounds. That fact, coupled with incredible artwork by Rafael Lopez using acrylic on wood, pen and ink, watercolor, construction paper, and even Photoshop, make this a book that has a place on the shelves of libraries serving kids from grades Art, history, and ELA teachers should all be able to use this book in their classrooms.

Engle, Margarita Bravo! Eighteen different Hispanic people are covered in this illustrated book of poems. Each poem eludes to how that person overcame hardship and contributed to the greater good in America. At the back of the book is a full paragraph that gives a better biography about what that person did.

The people are from all different time periods, as far back Engle, Margarita Bravo! The poems were too vague and I found that I wanted more information. I actually liked the biographies at the back of the book the most. The illustrations are fantastic and so well done. I loved that there is a picture book that celebrates some of the Hispanic people. This would be good to use for a biography unit to give kids a quick introduction and maybe spark a further interest in learning more about the people included in this book.

Reviewer, C. May 27, Becky B rated it really liked it Shelves: biography , biographical-picture-book , picture-books , juvenile-non-fiction , novels-in-verse. An introduction to a host of Hispanics, both well-known and those who have fallen into obscurity but made an impact during their lives. Each person in this gets a two page spread with a free verse poem about their accomplishments along with amazing illustrations that include weave in elements of what made them famous. I had never heard of several of these people but others are super well-known. I loved the great breadth in occupations and areas of life in which these Hispanics had an impact.

The An introduction to a host of Hispanics, both well-known and those who have fallen into obscurity but made an impact during their lives. There's a role model for pretty much anyone in here. All of those highlighted are dead, some Hispanics still alive receive a shoutout in the final spread. Further information about everyone highlighted can be found in the back of the book. A well put together book that will tantalize many readers just enough to go find out more about these people. May 15, Debrarian rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry , read-for-book-group , booktalkable , illustrations-i-like , history-or-ish , biography-memoir.

The illustrations are just glorious. A consistent, rich, warm palette brings to life portraits that feel both larger than life and intimately human. Each image includes some symbols of the subject's passions: hot peppers, a dirigible, molecular chains. On the facing page is a brief poem and another small illustration alluding beautifully to several aspects of the person's story. A friend of mine found the poems just the right amount of invitation to entice her into hunting out more information, The illustrations are just glorious.

A friend of mine found the poems just the right amount of invitation to entice her into hunting out more information, but in several cases I found them so brief as to feel stunted. I was glad for the biographical sketches included in the back, and wished a few more of the details they contained had been revealed in the poems as well.

Still, I enjoyed the glimpses into the lives of an assortment of Hispanic people, chronologically arranged. I did wonder if the preponderance of folks affiliated with Mexico, Cuba and Puerto Rico had to do with early patterns of immigration; if not, I would have liked the author to address how she came to choose many fewer people from South America, say.

Nov 25, Anoush Emrazian rated it really liked it Shelves: childrens , jmrl , historical , non-fiction. I heard about this book listening to an audio podcast interview of the author and illustrator. Each featured person is introduced in a poem and I loved learning hints about their lives through the poetry. I found myself imagining the people as they might have been in life. I looked at the years they lived too many of them seemed to have too short lives and what they did in that time. I was also grateful for the small biographical blurbs at the end that slightly expanded the picture of their liv I heard about this book listening to an audio podcast interview of the author and illustrator.

I was also grateful for the small biographical blurbs at the end that slightly expanded the picture of their lives. The poems are short and interesting, making this book extremely accessible. I could learn about historical figures like this all day long! My favorite was Louis Agassiz Fuertes, an artist who loved to paint birds in motion. I had no idea the preferred method of painting birds before then was to kill and stuff them so they'd stay still! So I learn to paint quickly, while wild creatures fly swiftly, high overhead in the wide wondrous sky.

Dec 03, Nicole B. Others achieved lasting fame. This book is also available in Spanish. This book could serve many purposes in the classroom, including adding diverse texts to classroom libraries, supplemental text for a biography unit or teaching about important Hispanics. View all 4 comments. Engle and Lopez take readers through a quick multicultural history that captures a fraction of the struggles and adversities Hispanics had to overcome for a quality lifestyle.

The simple poems are equally matched by the simplistic yet colorful illustrations by Rafeal Lopez. While this Engle and Lopez take readers through a quick multicultural history that captures a fraction of the struggles and adversities Hispanics had to overcome for a quality lifestyle. While this particular book did not win any awards, Lopez has received awards for some of his others illustrations.

This book is recommended for the ages 8 to 12 years old. Some successful activities could be close reading, creating poems about people who inspire the students, and discussion questions. Oct 12, Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-childrens-books , read-poetry , read-biography. I absolutely loved this book! Engle states at the outset that this isn't a book about the most famous Hispanic Americans, but about various interesting and amazing ones. Indeed, I only recognized about half of these people, so it was a pleasure to learn about the others whom I'd never heard of.

At the end of the book she provides 4 pages of further information about the lives of these people, many of whom I felt inspired to want to read more about. I was also drawn to the Rafael Lopez's illustra I absolutely loved this book!

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I was also drawn to the Rafael Lopez's illustrations, colorful full-face close-ups. I particularly felt drawn to the pictures of Felix Varela and Juana Briones, maybe because of the brilliant suns shining in the backgrounds, rays of light touching their shoulders, but also, I think, by the looks of determination on their faces. I'm hoping this one wins at least a Pura Belpre Award next year. Highly recommended!! Jun 11, RLLTammi rated it it was amazing Shelves: picture-graphic-novels , informational-biography , poetry-young-adlt. The listings of everyone provides their names, their origin, their birth and death year, and their talents of how each has contributed towards their struggle and community.


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Colorful portrait pictures gives you an idea of who they were. Jose' Marti from cuba who was an activist, a writer and a folk teller. Aida de Acosta from cuba who flew airships in Pa Bravo! Aida de Acosta from cuba who flew airships in Paris, France. These are just a few of the many that the author Margarita Engle introduced to me. I would suggest th graders to read for historical and poetry readings.

This book is a collection of different poems from Hispanics who made a difference in the world. The book comes in a Spanish and English version. While reading the book you can picture the poems in your head. The book is more of a biographical poems then your regular poem book. This books is good for grade levels 3rd to 8th. Teachers could integrate this book when teaching history about Hispanics. At the end of the book it has Notes about their lives. Which can be used as mini book report for stu This book is a collection of different poems from Hispanics who made a difference in the world.

Which can be used as mini book report for students. The illustrations in the book are realistic the illustrator puts a lot of effort in the peoples faces. Dec 21, Spike's Place rated it it was amazing Shelves: nonfiction , poetry. Margarita Engle's poems, in conversational tone, highlight 18 amazing Hispanics who come from different backgrounds and have contributed much to history. The artwork is gorgeous, rich in color. This is a wonderful title for any collection.

One that can leave readers wanting to dig deeper into the lives of these remarkable individuals.

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Click here to place a hold on this book in the library catalog. Jan 11, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: classroom-use-social-studies , non-fiction , poetry , biography , diverse , picture-book. Love the range of individuals highlighted here and how the poems capture snapshots of their lives.

The illustrations really add. Jul 10, Susie rated it really liked it Shelves: texas-bluebonnet. Rating: 4 Audience: graders A poetry collective of notable Hispanics who "faced life's challenges in creative ways. One full page illustrates the person in acrylic on wood, pen and ink, watercolor, construction paper, and Adobe Photoshop. Quote: Pura Belpre - Two Languages at Rating: 4 Audience: graders A poetry collective of notable Hispanics who "faced life's challenges in creative ways. Quote: Pura Belpre - Two Languages at the Library "Nothing makes me feel more satisfied than a smile on the face of a child who holds an open book.

Jun 24, Ro Menendez rated it it was amazing.

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Although the title of the book includes the phrase "Poems about amazing Hispanics", Margarita Engle hopes readers will look beyond heritage and appreciate the courage, creativity, and passion of the people showcased in this book. The illustrations are by Rafael Lopez, who uses bold and bright colors, symbolism, and objects to give the reader a sense of what it would be like to meet, or see each of these amazing people in their element.

The poems are short and biographical, I learned details abou Although the title of the book includes the phrase "Poems about amazing Hispanics", Margarita Engle hopes readers will look beyond heritage and appreciate the courage, creativity, and passion of the people showcased in this book.