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Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics Hardcover – March 14, 2017
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From School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Engle highlights 18 Latinxs from a range of ethnic backgrounds and countries of origin, all of whom lived in what is now the United States or its territories. Each person made a positive impact on U.S. history, and although some are not well-known, their contributions warrant an important place in the U.S. collective cultural knowledge. Engle's masterly first-person poems capture the essence of each individual, while notes about each figure at the end provide context to spur curiosity and further research. Additionally, the final celebratory poem features an additional 22 contemporary Latinxs in a crescendo to the present, ending with applause: "¡Bravo!" The pairing of these biographical poems with López's distinctive artwork leaves a lasting visual impression, as the subjects, surrounded by images representing their vocations, look readers straight in the eye or are totally absorbed in their work. These full-page illustrations serve as bold counterparts to the poems. VERDICT Although lacking specific source notes for student readers and writers, this book is a welcome addition to schools and libraries, as it expands the canon of historically significant individuals in the United States in such a lyrical and aesthetically pleasing manner.—Ruth Quiroa, National Louis University, Chicago, IL
"Lopez's bright portraits of notable Hispanics have the large scale and graphic discipline of poster art, while Engle manages to compress the sweep of a biography into a sharp, compact free-verse poem about each life, from childhood on. Some are famous [...] All faced challenges [...] and made lasting contributions." ―New York Times Book Review on Bravo!
"this book is a welcome addition to schools and libraries, as it expands the canon of historically significant individuals in the United States in such a lyrical and aesthetically pleasing manner." ―School Library Journal, starred review, on Bravo!
"This book features the lives of a variety of Latinos who faced life's challenges with aplomb and in their own ways. . . each person is stunningly portrayed in López's strong and vibrant style; opposite is a first-person biographical poem that provides a glimpse into its subject's life." ―Kirkus Reviews on Bravo!
"López (who illustrated Engle’s Drum Dream Girl) creates bold, dramatic portraits of the subjects, which include José Martí, Pura Belpré, Tito Puente, and César Chávez. Capsule biographies are a welcome supplement to the poems" ―Publishers Weekly on Bravo!
The Poet Slave of Cuba:
"An absolutely lovely book . . . that should be read by young and old, black and white, Anglo and Latino." ―School Library Journal, starred review
"Readers will hear the stories―and never forget them." ―Booklist, starred review
"The moving poetry and finely crafted story will draw readers in and leave them in tears and in awe." ―The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
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Each person in this gets a two page spread with a free verse poem about their accomplishments along with amazing illustrations that include weave in elements of what made them famous. I had never heard of several of these people but others are super well-known. I loved the great breadth in occupations and areas of life in which these Hispanics had an impact. There's a role model for pretty much anyone in here. All of those highlighted are dead, some Hispanics still alive receive a shoutout in the final spread. Further information about everyone highlighted can be found in the back of the book. A well put together book that will tantalize many readers just enough to go find out more about these people. I fully expect a Belpré sticker of some kind on this book come next January. (Which seems extra fitting since this was the first book I've read that explained to me who Belpré was.)
Lopez’s illustrations are done in “a combination of acrylic on wood, pen and ink, watercolor, construction paper, and Adobe Photoshop.” The results are rich illustrations with a clever feel of being vintage in their textures. Each illustration speaks to the person themselves, clearly tying them to their passion and cause.
An important book for public libraries, this is a celebration of Latino impact on the world as a whole. Appropriate for ages 8-12.