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Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Honorable Mention) Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 26, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Series: Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Honorable Mention
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547612184
  • ASIN: B00DF7IND6
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,190,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

About the Author

Gary D. Schmidt is the bestselling 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. He is a professor of English at Calvin College 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; The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, which received a Newbery Honor; and Diego: Bigger Than Life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, a Pura Belpré Honor Award winner. An illustrator and graphic designer for more than twenty-five years, he is also a painter and an accomplished ceramic artist. Mr. Diaz lives in Carlsbad, California.


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Customer Reviews

The illustrations by David Diaz are beautiful.
Persephone
Be aware that there is a lot of words per page, so it is a book to read to children who are a little older, or for older children who are good readers.
Brenda M.
Like Saint Francis of Assisi, Martin was known for his work with animals and with the poor.
M. Tanenbaum

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ana Braga-Henebry VINE VOICE on August 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I read aloud a longer book about this saint to my 11 year old daughter last year Saint Martin de Porres, and it became her favorite saint. His humble origins, service oriented life and love for animals won her heart! We were pleased to find this beautiful picture book about the well-known and beloved Peruvian saint. Not all of the major facts of his life are in the book but there is enough in the story for the young reader to have an introduction to his life. Books on lives of the saints are very inspirational and greatly needed today!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By igibby on March 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Before I even read Martin de Porres: The Rose in Desert, as a catholic I had knew a bit about who he was and what people prayed for him to bring or protect. I enjoyed getting to read this book in that it was Culturally Authentic to the spanish words used and the context they were used in. The illustrator did a great job incorporating colors. Red was used to describe importance of a person status and hot weather. While Blue was used in a more peaceful parts of the story it described serenity and a time of change. Yellow, another great watercolor was used to describe growth with his lemon tree and growth within himself.

Martin de Porres was the son of Spaniard Royal born into the hands of an African Peruvian slave. Through out his life he was consistently frowned upon for his mixed blood. He grew up in the poorest Barrios(urban streets) with his sister where much of land stunk and flooded with rats when the heavens poured down. His father Don Juan de Porres sought out to help his son and daughter from their poor living conditions and brought them to Ecuador to change their future. Martin was apprenticed by his father to become Limas Cirujano (towns surgeon). With his background as a Cirujano, many people began to seek for Martin and his healing hands. He was given lemon seeds that would feed and give him shade all year around by his first patient.
Martin sought out to be the best healer that he could and help those in need to regain custody of his rightful name as the Rose of the Desert.

The artwork is very artistic and detailed.
Color was used effectively to show the mood at the time of the scene.
Artwork was very humble.
The color green mixed in with yellow was used well to show the growth in Martin as he went town to town helping those who lived in Barrios (urban streets)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Portianay VINE VOICE on July 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It is so important to brilliantly depict the need, and the reason, for hope, in this world filled with children in trying circumstances! I absolutely love this book, as it does exactly that. Thank you, Mr. Schmidt, for this poignant, love-filled story, and Mr. Diaz, for the perfect illustrations to it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MamaW on October 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I got this book for the obvious reasons. It's about a marvelous Saint and geared toward young kids. I was very disappointed with it. I really wanted to love it, the illustrations are beautiful! However, this book portrays the clergy in a very negative light and not just a little bit. On about 60% of the pages in the book a negative message is put forth about the clergy by the way it is written. It is true that St. Martin faced much adversity and resistance, even from the Church but I don't want to be reading my kids a book that makes Priests out to be bad guys. Sure, they might have (and we don't know all of the details) been in error but this book is over the top and inappropriate. Surely there was a more respectful and helpful way of writing the story. Cultivating respect for clergy is important to our family and so I give this book 1 star. In fact, I think that St. Martin would have much more respect for clergy than this author does! After all, books about the saints should foster love of The Church that the saints themselves loved.

And one more little thing, why is St. Martin the only Dominican in a Dominican habit? The rest are always wearing red...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Tanenbaum VINE VOICE on December 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Newbery-honor winning novelist Gary D. Schmidt and Caldecott-winning illustrator David Diaz together have created a beautiful and moving portrait of Martin de Porres, a 17th century Peruvian saint. I was completely unfamiliar with this remarkable individual, an illegitimate child both to a former African slave and a Spanish conqueror. He grew up in poverty until the age of eight, when his noble father came from Ecuador and took Martin and his sister Juana back with him to raise. Later apprenticed to a doctor-barber, Martin showed a talent for healing and a religious calling. But the local prior, prejudiced against Martin's dark skin, would not let him to train to be a priest. Instead, he became a servant at the monastery. Martin's talent for healing dogs and befriending animals of all kinds began to be known, and the local people as well as the monks soon began to ask Martin to doctor them. Eventually he was allowed to take vows as a priest, and he continued to work miracles as the "rose in the desert."

Schmidt's lyrical text and Diaz' beautifully realized illustrations combine to make this a stellar offering for those looking for inspirational stories about saints or other religious figures to share with their children. Diaz illustrations are rendered with a flat, stylized method and are colored with rich, jewel-like tones. Many of the illustrations have a dream-like quality suited to rendering the miracles described in the text.

Like Saint Francis of Assisi, Martin was known for his work with animals and with the poor. Unlike Saint Francis, however, Martin came from an underprivileged background himself. A brief Author's Note tells the reader that Martin was made a saint in 1962, the first black saint in the Americas. He is now known as the patron saint of interracial relations, social justice, those of mixed race, and animal shelters.
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