Miguel's Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote

Margarita Engle (Author) Raul Colon (Illustrator)
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Description

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra finds refuge from his difficult childhood by imagining the adventures of a brave but clumsy knight.
This fictionalized first-person biography in verse of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra follows the early years of the child who grows up to pen Don Quixote, the first modern novel. The son of a gambling, vagabond barber-surgeon, Miguel looks to his own imagination for an escape from his family's troubles and finds comfort in his colorful daydreams. At a time when access to books is limited and imaginative books are considered evil, Miguel is inspired by storytellers and wandering actors who perform during festivals. He longs to tell stories of his own. When Miguel is nineteen, four of his poems are published, launching the career of one of the greatest writers in the Spanish language.
Award-winning author Margarita Engle's distinctive picture book depiction of the childhood of the father of the modern novel, told in a series of free verse poems, is enhanced by Ra l Col n's stunning illustrations. Backmatter includes a note from both the author and illustrator as well as additional information on Cervantes and his novel Don Quixote.

Product Details

Price: $17.95  $16.51
Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company
Published Date: October 01, 2017
Pages: 32
Dimensions: 9.8 X 0.3 X 12.0 inches | 1.0 pounds
ISBN: 9781561458561

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About the Author

Margarita Engle was the 2017­-2019 national Young People's Poet Laureate, and received the 2019 NSK Neustadt Prize. She is the Cuban-American author of many verse novels, including Soaring Earth; With a Star in My Hand; The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor winner; and The Lightning Dreamer, a PEN Literary Award for Young Adult Literature winner. Her verse memoir, Enchanted Air, received the Pura Belpré Award, a Walter Dean Myers Award Honor, and was a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, among others. Her picture book Drum Dream Girl received the Charlotte Zolotow Award. Margarita was born in Los Angeles, but developed a deep attachment to her mother's homeland during childhood summers with relatives. She continues to visit Cuba as often as she can. Visit her at MargaritaEngle.com.
Raúl Colón is the award-winning illustrator of many picture books, including Draw! an ALA Notable Book and recipient of the International Latino Book Award; Imagine! an ALA Notable Book, a New York Public Library Best Book for Kids, and a Bookpage Best Book; Susanna Reich's José! Born to Dance; Angela's Christmas by Frank McCourt; and Jill Biden's Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops. Mr. Colón lived in Puerto Rico as a young boy and now resides in New City, New York, with his family.

Reviews

"Beautiful and engaging, this book will inspire readers to find out more."
"Colón's pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are paired perfectly with the text and the subject...This expressive picture book biography presents a solid argument for why Cervantes should be revered as an important figure in the Western canon. A gorgeous and well-crafted work for all nonfiction collections."
"Poems about contemporaneous events--the plague, book burning--add depth to Engle's representation of the era. Colón's noble portraits, done in pen, ink, and watercolor, recall the work of classic popularizers such as N.C. Wyeth and the D'Aulaires. Even readers who don't progress to Cervantes's own work will come away with an indelible sense of the story and its creator."
"Engle's poems are lyrical yet direct... Colón's pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations (inspired by the prints of Gustav Doré) accompany every poem bringing Engle's words into sharp focus.... An intriguing, lightly fictionalized introduction to an iconic author, this will encourage readers to learn more about the first modern novel."--Booklist, STARRED REVIEW