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|Bravo! : poems about amazing Hispanics|
Author: Engle, Margarita
Bold, graphic portraits and beautiful poems present famous and lesser-known Latinos from varied backgrounds who have faced life's challenges in creative ways.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 6.30
Points: .5 Quiz: 189222
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 10.50
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 71223
Kirkus Reviews (-) (12/15/16)
School Library Journal (+) (01/01/17)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/03/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 11/01/2016 Latinos have made many wonderful contributions to the history of the United States, and Engle’s poems on 18 “amazing Latinos” provides a chronological overview of the impact these figures have had. Vibrant full-page portraits pair with short verses that interweave biographical details from the person’s life, giving readers an understanding of what makes each individual significant. Engle (recipient of the Pura Belpré and Newbery Honor Book awards, among others) tells stories of more commonly known Latino figures, like writer José Martí, as well as those who are more obscure, such as activist Paulina Pedroso. López’s illustrations are beautiful, colorful, and lifelike, and each portrait contains a detail relevant to the subject’s life. For example, the poem on botanist Ynés Mexía, “Wild Exploration,” is adorned with a verdant spray of leaves and flowers, while “Brave Music” shows Tito Puente against a bright backdrop patterned with drums. More detailed biographies for each individual conclude. This lovely compendium is most noteworthy for the diversity it portrays within the Latino community, showcasing a rich array of talents and achievements. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 01/01/2017 Gr 4–7—Engle highlights 18 Latinxs from a range of ethnic backgrounds and countries of origin, all of whom lived in what is now the United States or its territories. Each person made a positive impact on U.S. history, and although some are not well-known, their contributions warrant an important place in the U.S. collective cultural knowledge. Engle's masterly first-person poems capture the essence of each individual, while notes about each figure at the end provide context to spur curiosity and further research. Additionally, the final celebratory poem features an additional 22 contemporary Latinxs in a crescendo to the present, ending with applause: "¡Bravo!" The pairing of these biographical poems with López's distinctive artwork leaves a lasting visual impression, as the subjects, surrounded by images representing their vocations, look readers straight in the eye or are totally absorbed in their work. These full-page illustrations serve as bold counterparts to the poems. VERDICT Although lacking specific source notes for student readers and writers, this book is a welcome addition to schools and libraries, as it expands the canon of historically significant individuals in the United States in such a lyrical and aesthetically pleasing manner.—Ruth Quiroa, National Louis University, Chicago, IL - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.