Martí’s Song for Freedom / Martí y sus versos por la libertad
This is a true story. José Martí grew up in Cuba. He was mad about slavery. He felt good about the Cuban War for Independence from Spain. He gave out pamphlets that the Spanish were horrible people. He was sent to jail and had to work in the quarries. He was exiled. He went to New York. He wrote poetry called “Versos Sencillos.” He went back to Cuba and fought for independence. He died in battle. Cuba won independence. José Martí’s poetry was used in a song called “Guatanamera.”
This is a picture book. The birds represent freedom. I like the pictures of the Catskill Mountains. The illustrator doesn’t do great people, but she does great animals and scenery. I think she used good colors. This book is written in both English and Spanish. I think this is a good biography of José Martí. There is more information in the back. There’s also some of José Martí’s poetry. The poetry rhymes in Spanish, because it was written in Spanish first. This book is pretty educational. I learned a lot. I’m glad I learned about José Martí. I’ll read this book again and again.
Children's Book Press
Emma Otheguy • Emma Otheguy, Contributor • Adriana Dominguez, Contributor • Beatriz Vidal, Contributor