Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert

Gary D. Schmidt (Author) David Diaz (Illustrator)
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Description

2013 Pura Belpre Award for Illustration

As the illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman and a former slave, Martin de Porres was born into extreme poverty. Even so, his mother begged the church fathers to allow him into the priesthood. Instead, Martin was accepted as a servant boy. But soon, the young man was performing miracles. Rumors began to fly around the city of a strange mulatto boy with healing hands, who gave first to the people of the barrios. Martin continued to serve in the church, until he was finally received by the Dominican Order, no longer called the worthless son of a slave, but rather a saint and the rose in the desert.

Product Details

Price
$18.99
Publisher
Clarion Books
Publish Date
June 26, 2012
Pages
32
Dimensions
9.3 X 0.55 X 10.74 inches | 0.88 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780547612188

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About the Author

Gary D. Schmidt is the best-selling author of Okay for Now, the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, and the Newbery Honor book The Wednesday Wars. Mr. Schmidt lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. David Diaz has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including Smoky Night by Eve Bunting, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal and Diego: Bigger Than Life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, a Pura Belpré Honor Award winner. Mr. Diaz lives in Carlsbad, California.

Reviews

"With images of surpassing beauty and power and a text both simple and lyrical, Diaz and Schmidt tell the life of the first black saint of the Americas . . . A visual--and, it must be said, spiritual--delight."--Kirkus "Schmidt's telling, touching in its simplicity, is well matched with Diaz's exceptional artwork, which is bold and referential in equal parts."--Booklist, starred review "An artful and reverent portrait of a lesser-known figure."--School Library Journal

"Diaz's visualization of this story is magnificent."--Horn Book