Juan Manzano was born a slave, but even his owner noticed his astounding talent for language. She treated him like her pet, bringing him to parties to perform for her friends. "I bark / on command / I learn to whine and howl / in verse / I'm known as the smart one who never / forgets. . . ." Lyric poems from different points of view tell of a Cuban boy whose gifts made him special, but did not set him free. Historical note. Excerpts from Manzano's poetry. Black-and-white artwork.
The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco ManzanoBook Verdict
ISBN: 0805077065 Format: Print Book Edition: - Publisher: Henry Holt Page Count: 192 Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8" Dewey Classification: 811 Accelerated Reader: Level: 6.3, Points: 2 Scholastic Reading Counts: Level: 5.5, Points: 6 Lexile: Level: NP Awards & Honors: Winner of the 2007 AmÃ©ricas Award , Winner of the 2007 Pura BelprÃ© Award, Author , ALA Notable Book for Older Readers