My Havana

Memories of a Cuban Boyhood

By Rosemary Wells; Peter Ferguson (Illustrator); Secundino Fernandez
Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763643058, 65pp.

Publication Date: August 10, 2010

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Description
A young Cuban immigrant eases his homesickness by re-creating the city of Havana in a poignant tale that will resonate with readers today.
"You're always drawing in that notebook of yours," Dino's friend teases. To the small boy, 1950s Havana is alive with color, music, and glamour, and he itches to capture it on paper. When Fidel Castro and the Communist Party take over the Cuban government, Dino's family must move to New York, where the lonely boy pours his heart into making a model of Havana's archways and balconies, buildings and streets. Rosemary Wells composes a tender ode to an immigrant boy who grew up to be a U.S. architect, while Peter Ferguson's atmospheric paintings evoke two vibrant cities as they were half a century ago.



About the Author
Rosemary Wells has written and/or illustrated more than 120 books for children and has received many awards for both her writing and her illustration. She is the author of On the Blue Comet, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline; the co-author (with Secundino Fernandez) of My Havana: Memories of a Cuban Boyhood, illustrated by Peter Ferguson; and the author of Lincoln and His Boys, illustrated by P.J. Lynch. She is also the creator of the beloved Max and Ruby stories and the illustrator of My Very First Mother Goose and Here Comes Mother Goose, both edited by Iona Opie. Rosemary Wells lives in upstate New York.Peter Ferguson, who did the illustrations for this book, is a disagreeable young man who lurks in a dusty corner of the hamlet Montreal, not far from the Arctic Circle. His favorite phrase is "You can't make me."
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