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Enchanted air : two cultures, two wings : a memoir /

by Engle, Margarita [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2015]Edition: First Edition.Description: 192 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781481435222 (hardcover); 1481435221 (hardcover); 9781481435239 (pbk.); 148143523X (pbk.).Language note: Text in English.Subject(s): Engle, Margarita | Cuban Americans -- Biography | Women authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography | Engle, Margarita | Cuban Americans -- Biography | Women authors, American -- 20th century | Women -- Biography | Biographical poetry | American poetry | Autobiographies
Contents:
Love at first sight -- Magical travels -- Winged summer -- Strange sky -- Two wings -- Cold War time line.
Summary: "In this ... memoir, Margarita Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War"--Amazon.com.Summary: In this poetic memoir Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War. Her heart was in Cuba, her mother's tropical island country, a place so lush with vibrant life that it seems like a fairy tale kingdom. But most of the time she lived in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupted at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Engle's worlds collided in the worst way possible. Would she ever get to visit her beautiful island again?
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In this poetic memoir, which won the Pura Belpré Author Award, was a YALSA Nonfiction Finalist, and was named a Walter Dean Myers Award Honoree, acclaimed author Margarita Engle tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War.<br> <br> Margarita is a girl from two worlds. Her heart lies in Cuba, her mother's tropical island country, a place so lush with vibrant life that it seems like a fairy tale kingdom. But most of the time she lives in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. Words and images are her constant companions, friendly and comforting when the children at school are not.<br> <br> Then a revolution breaks out in Cuba. Margarita fears for her far-away family. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupts at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Margarita's worlds collide in the worst way possible. How can the two countries she loves hate each other so much? And will she ever get to visit her beautiful island again?

"A Cold War memoir."

Love at first sight -- Magical travels -- Winged summer -- Strange sky -- Two wings -- Cold War time line.

"In this ... memoir, Margarita Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War"--Amazon.com.

In this poetic memoir Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War. Her heart was in Cuba, her mother's tropical island country, a place so lush with vibrant life that it seems like a fairy tale kingdom. But most of the time she lived in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupted at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Engle's worlds collided in the worst way possible. Would she ever get to visit her beautiful island again?

Text in English.

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">Enchanted Air FLIGHT The first time my parents take me soaring through magical sky to meet my mother's family in Cuba, I am so little that I can hardly speak to my island relatives-- my abuelita, my old grandma, who still loves to dance, and her ancient mamá, my great-grandma, who still loves to garden, working just as hard as any strong young man. Already, this island is beginning to seem like a fairy-tale kingdom, where ordinary people do impossible things. Excerpted from Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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Horn Book Review

Well known for her portrayals of historic Cubans in verse novels such as The Surrender Tree (rev. 7/08) and The Poet Slave of Cuba (rev. 7/06), Engle explores her own past in this collection of emotionally rich memory poems. The daughter of a Don Quixoteobsessed American artist of Ukrainian Jewish descent and a beautiful homesick Cuban emigree, Engle begins with joyful visits to her mothers homeland as a child. Roaming the countryside, she falls in love with the lush beauty of a land so wild / and green that the rippling river / on my great-uncles farm / shimmers like a hummingbird. Engle effectively contrasts the smoggy air of sprawling Los Angeles with the enchanted air of that small, magical-seeming island, and at first going between the two cultures is fairly seamless: In one country, I hear the sweet words / of another. / Dulce de leche means sweet of milk. / Guarapo is sugarcane juice. But then theres the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and suddenly all is different. Moving through elementary and middle school, the wistful young Margarita struggles to find her American self in a country that views her mothers homeland as the enemy. Ending with a note of optimism -- All I know about the future / is that it will be beautiful -- Engles personal reverie gives young readers an intimate view of a complicated time and life. A timeline is appended. monica edinger (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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