The Poet Slave of Cuba

The Poet Slave of Cuba

A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano

Book - 2006
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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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Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805077063
0805077065
Branch Call Number: 811.54
Characteristics: 183 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Qualls, Sean

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KRockstar10 Nov 22, 2013

Beautiful, touching biography of Juan Francisco Manzano, who endured years of brutal treatment at the hands of his Mistress. Despite her borderline insanity, Juan is able to memorize huge swaths of poetry in many languages, and these verses become his mental escape. Dark in some places, but not graphic

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EPLPicks_Teen Mar 13, 2010

A fictionalized account based on the autobiography of an extraordinary man, born into slavery in 1797. Grade 7 - 12

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