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[Poetry Friday] Excerpts from “Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics” by Margarita Engle and Rafael López

"These poems are about a variety of amazing people... Some were celebrated in their lifetimes but have been forgotten by history. Others achieved lasting fame." - Margarita Engle

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Fats here.

As we celebrate beauty, art, and music for the remainder of the year, I came across this wonderful poetry collaboration by Margarita Engle and Rafael López. Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of Hispanics.

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In her note to readers, Margarita Engle explains,

“This is not a book about the most famous Hispanics. These poems are about a variety of amazing people who lived in geographic regions now included in the modern United States. They are people who have faced life’s challenges in creative ways. Some were celebrated in their lifetimes but have been forgotten by history. Others achieved lasting fame.”

Below are excerpts from this gorgeous poetry collection with samples of breathtaking illustrations. If you haven’t read this book yet, be sure to grab a copy from your library! Poetry Friday is being hosted this week by Kay at A Journey Through the Pages!

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I say that each day is a poem.
Some hours are green and peaceful.
Others are red, like festivals or storms.
I love teaching children how to tell
their own stories.

— José Martí, 1853-1895 (Cuba)

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Flight!
I’m the first woman pilot, but I won’t be the last—
every little girl who sees me up here in blue sky
will surely grow up with dreams
of flying too!

— Aída de Acosta, 1884-1962 (Cuba)

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I came to attend my sister’s wedding,
but I stayed, found work, and studied
to become a children’s librarian—the first
puertorriqueña ever hired in the entire
New York Public Library system!

How strange that I am the first, in this city
with so many two-language children who are
so eager to read, so happy to learn…

Nothing makes me feel more satisfied
than a smile on the face of a child who holds
an open book.

— Pura Belpré, 1899-1982 (Puerto Rico)

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2 comments on “[Poetry Friday] Excerpts from “Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics” by Margarita Engle and Rafael López

  1. Thanks for the glimpse into this book–it’s one I’ve meant to get a hold of for some time, and now will be sure to do so!

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  2. Kay Mcgriff

    Thanks for sharing this book. It’s one I want to read and share.

    Like

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