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Aug 10, 2010
| ISBN 9780763643058
| 7-10 years
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Aug 10, 2010 | ISBN 9780763643058 | 7-10 years
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.Back matter includes an author’s note.
Short novel that brims with feeling. . . .Ferguson’s illustrations are infused with a burnished ochre light, well suited to Dino’s warm memories.—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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