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.
Juan Francisco Manzano was born in 1797 into the household of wealthy slaveowners in Cuba. He spent his early years at the side of his owner's wife, entertaining her friends. His poetry was his outlet, reflecting the beauty and cruelty of his world. Written in verse.
- Genre: Biography + Autobiography, History, Juvenile Nonfiction, Poetry
- Subgenre: Social Issues / Prejudice + Racism, Poetry / General, Modern / 17th Century, Literary, General, Biography + Autobiography / Literary
- Age: Teen
- Format: hardcover
- Release Date:
April 4, 2006
- Date Published:
April 4, 2006
Author: Margarita Engle
Illustrator: Sean Qualls
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- Online Item #: 11969775
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 247-03-1550
- ISBN: 9780805077063
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