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The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano

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A lyrical biography of a Cuban slave who escaped to become a celebrated poet.

Born into the household of a wealthy slave owner in Cuba in 1797, Juan Francisco Manzano spent his early years by the side of a woman who made him call her Mama, even though he had a mama of his own. Denied an education, young Juan still showed an exceptional talent for poetry. His verses reflect the beauty of his world, but they also expose its hideous cruelty.
 
Powerful, haunting poems and breathtaking illustrations create a portrait of a life in which even the pain of slavery could not extinguish the capacity for hope.

The Poet Slave of Cuba is the winner of the 2008 Pura Belpre Medal for Narrative and a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
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A lyrical account of the life of Juan Francisco Manzano, the poet slave of Cuba, in verse

About the Author

Margarita Engle is a Cuban American poet, novelist, and journalist whose work has been published in many countries. She is the author of young adult nonfiction books and novels in verse including The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor Book, Hurricane Dancers, The Firefly Letters, and Tropical Secrets. She lives in northern California.
 
Sean Qualls is the illustrator of The Baby on the Way and Powerful Words. He lives with his wife and their son in Brooklyn, New York.

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pierpenic23, September 23, 2007 (view all comments by pierpenic23)
During Hispanic Heritage Month, It is especially important to understand thie history of Latinos accurately. This book gives us a better understanding of the Spaniard role in the slave trade and allows us to understand the cultural mixture that makes up Cuba today and most other Latin American Countries. Many Africans and decendants of Africans in the Americas such as Phyllis Wheatley, Frederick Douglas, Chevalier de Saint-George and many others lost during the Middle Passage. "The Cuban Slave Poet" brings us into a dark, lonely and unknown world of a child with a voice and most important, a message. This book should be included amongst such great works as "Beloved" by Toni Morrison, "The Fire Next Time" by James Baldwin and "The Souls of Black Folk" by W.E.B. Dubois. Everyone should read this.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805077063
Author:
Qualls, Sean
Publisher:
Henry Holt & Company
Illustrator:
Qualls, Sean
Author:
Qualls, Sean
Subject:
Poetry - General
Subject:
People & Places - Central & South America
Subject:
Social Situations - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Children's poetry, American
Subject:
Slaves
Subject:
Situations / Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Social Issues - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Poetry : General
Subject:
Cuba
Subject:
People & Places - Caribbean & Latin America
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
Subject:
Social Issues/Prejudice
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
People
Subject:
Places/Caribbean
Subject:
Latin america
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Historical
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Literary
Subject:
History - Central & South America
Subject:
Biography & Autobiogr
Subject:
Biography & Autobiogr
Subject:
aphy/Literary
Subject:
aphy/Literary
Subject:
History/Centra
Subject:
l & South America
Subject:
People & Places - United States - Hispanic/Latino
Edition Description:
Young Adult Nonfiction
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white illustrations
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.54 x 0.6 in
Age Level:
from 10 up to 15

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