Martí’s Song for Freedom / Martí y sus versos por la libertad

By: Emma Otheguy

Illustrator: Beatriz Vidal

A bilingual biography of José Martí, who dedicated his life to the promotion of liberty, the abolishment of slavery, political independence for Cuba, and intellectual freedom. Afterword. Author's note. Excerpts from Versos sencillos. Selected bibliography. Quotation source. Full-color gouache illustrations.

ISBN: 9780892393756

JLG Release: Sep 2017


Language: Bilingual
Sensitive Areas: Guns, War
Topics: José Martí (1853–1895) , Biography , Cuba , Nineteenth-century Cuban authors , Statesmen , Revolutionaries , Spanish language materials

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Awards & Honors

Booklist Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction for Older and Middle Readers: 2018
CCBC Choices 2018 Choice: Historical People, Places, and Events
School Library Journal’s Best Books of 2017, Nonfiction
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Picture Books
New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2017

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
The life of poet, writer, and freedom fighter José Martí (1853–95) comes alive in this lyrical, bilingual retelling of his everlasting impact on the people of his native Cuba. Growing up, Martí was an admirer of nature and fell in love with the beauty of the Cuban countryside. As he traveled the land
[STARRED REVIEW]
The life of poet, writer, and freedom fighter José Martí (1853–95) comes alive in this lyrical, bilingual retelling of his everlasting impact on the people of his native Cuba. Growing up, Martí was an admirer of nature and fell in love with the beauty of the Cuban countryside. As he traveled the landscape, he observed the cruel enslavement of the Cuban people on sugar plantations during the period of Spanish rule. When he saw the injustice of slavery in his homeland, he knew he had to fight for Cuba’s independence and the freedom of the island’s people. Inspired by the U.S. Civil War, and President Abraham Lincoln, Martí called others to action and was jailed by the government for doing so. But not even imprisonment could silence him. Martí traveled extensively throughout the world, spreading his message of social justice, freedom, and peace. During his exile from Cuba, he found inspiration in the natural beauty of the Catskill Mountains in New York. Here he wrote Versos sencillos, a collection of poems that came to define the struggle for Cuban independence. Otheguy pens this biography in a series of stanzas that mimic Martí’s poetry, weaving together his vision of hope for the Cuban people with rich illustrations that pay homage to the vivid hues of his native land. VERDICT A sensitive and poignant tribute to one of Latin America’s most important historical figures that will encourage readers of all ages to fight for freedom and peace.—Natalie Braham, Denver Public Library

Horn Book

“I come from every place, / And I’m on the road to everywhere: / I am art amid the arts, / And in the mountain chain, a link.” The author of those words, José Martí, is a hero of Cuba and an important figure in Latin American literature. He was a freedom fighter born during the Spanish colonization of Cuba in the ninetee “I come from every place, / And I’m on the road to everywhere: / I am art amid the arts, / And in the mountain chain, a link.” The author of those words, José Martí, is a hero of Cuba and an important figure in Latin American literature. He was a freedom fighter born during the Spanish colonization of Cuba in the nineteenth century. As a boy, he witnessed firsthand the cruelty of slavery and colonialism; he would dedicate his life to abolishing slavery in Cuba and gaining Cuba’s independence. As an outspoken and passionate youth, his protests landed him in jail and later led to his exile from Cuba. As he traveled the world building support for his country, Nueva York (New York) became his new home until the pull of his beloved homeland became too great. Ever a poet, Martí found solace in the beauty of nature, especially in the Catskill Mountains: as Otheguy writes, “In the mountains, there was freedom— / the grass grew wild / and seemed to whisper / that Cuba still needed him”). Otheguy’s verse is seamlessly combined with excerpts from Martí’s own Versos sencillos. Vidal’s gouache folk art-style illustrations are soft yet evocative; they bring to life the rich countryside of Cuba with its palmas reales as well as the lush autumn foliage of the Catskills. This is a gorgeous bilingual tribute to the life of Cuba’s hero-poet. Back matter includes an afterword, an author’s note, a selected bibliography, and source notes, in English and Spanish. alia jones

Book Details

ISBN

9780892393756

First Release

September 2017

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

972.9105092 B

Trim Size

11" x 9"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.3; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 8.5; Points: 3;

Lexile

Level 1000L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Children’s Book

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Guns, War

Topics

José Martí (1853–1895), Biography, Cuba, Nineteenth-century Cuban authors, Statesmen, Revolutionaries, Spanish language materials,

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