My Havana

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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

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.