StoryMakers with Emma Otheguy MARTÍ’S SONG FOR FREEDOM
On this episode of StoryMakers, author Emma Otheguy tells us about MARTÍ’S SONG FOR FREEDOM! José Martí dedicated his entire life to political independence for Cuba, the abolishment of slavery, and the fight for freedom. His heroic journey will help inspire young readers to fight for what they believe in without giving up. Be ready to learn some history about Cuba and sing along with Emma and Rocco!
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ABOUT THE BOOK
Written by Emma Otheguy; Illustrated by Beatriz Vidal
A bilingual biography of José Martí, who dedicated his life to the promotion of liberty, the abolishment of slavery, political independence for Cuba, and intellectual freedom. Written in verse with excerpts from Martí’s seminal work, Versos sencillos.
ABOUT Emma Otheguy
Emma Otheguy is the author of the bilingual picture book Martí’s Song for Freedom (Lee & Low, 2017) about Cuban poet and national hero José Martí, as well as the forthcoming Pope Francis: Builder of Bridges (Bloomsbury, 2018) and Silver Meadows Summer (Knopf, 2019). Martí’s Song for Freedom received five starred reviews, from School Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Shelf Awareness. Martí was also named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, and the New York Public Library. Otheguy’s short story for children “Fairies in Town” was awarded Magazine Merit Honors by SCBWI, and her scholarly article “Sermonizing in New York: The Children’s Magazines of Mary Mapes Dodge and José Martí” appeared in Ethics in Children’s Literature (Ashgate, 2014).
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Very interesting and informative about Cuba and Marti
Thank you! It’s a great episode to share in class!