All the way to Havana / Margarita Engle ; illustrated by Mike Curato.

By: Engle, Margarita [author.]Contributor(s): Curato, Mike [illustrator.]Material type: TextTextEdition: First editionDescription: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 28 cmContent type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781627796422; 1627796428; 9780605969971; 0605969973Subject(s): Automobile travel -- Juvenile fiction | Automobiles -- Maintenance and repair -- Juvenile fiction | Families -- Cuba -- Juvenile fiction | Automobiles -- Maintenance and repair -- Fiction | Family life -- Cuba -- Fiction | JUVENILE FICTION -- People & Places -- Caribbean & Latin America | JUVENILE FICTION -- Transportation -- Cars & Trucks | JUVENILE FICTION -- Family -- General (see also headings under Social Issues) | Automobiles -- Juvenile fiction | Family life -- Cuba -- Fiction | Family -- Cuba -- Fiction | Havana (Cuba) -- Juvenile fiction | Havana (Cuba) -- FictionGenre/Form: Picture books. | Easy. | Picture books. | Paper case bindings. | Illustrated case bindings. | Book jackets. | Illustrated endpapers. | Fiction. | Juvenile works.DDC classification: 813/.54 | [E] LOC classification: PZ7.E7158 | All 2017Other classification: JUV030040 | JUV041030 | JUV013000 Awards: Américas Award honorable mention, 2018Summary: A boy helps his father keep their very old car running as they make a trip to Havana for his newborn cousin's zero-year birthday. Includes author's note about cars in Cuba.
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A boy helps his father keep their very old car running as they make a trip to Havana for his newborn cousin's zero-year birthday. Includes author's note about cars in Cuba.

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Américas Award honorable mention, 2018

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PreS-Gr 2-Accompanied by the vibrant onomatopoeia of an old rebuilt car, a brown-skinned boy travels with his family from their village in Cuba to the capital city, Havana, to celebrate the "zero-year birthday" of his cousin. The focus of this colorful picture book is on the car (nicknamed "Cara Cara"), one of Cuba's many mid-20th-century American vehicles maintained through constant tinkering. "Ours is so tired that she just chatters like a busy chicken-cara cara, cara cara, cluck, cluck, cluck." Award-winning poet Engle transports readers to Cuba through her lively verse, and Curato (author/illustrator of the "Little Elliot" series) does the same with his nearly photorealistic illustrations rendered in pencil, with digital color bringing out the bright tones of the tropics. Each spread includes endless detail, from the clothes hanging on the clothesline in the boy's backyard to Havana's beautiful architecture. The stars of the book, of course, are the 1950s cars, which Curato studied on a research trip to Cuba and depicts precisely in all their mixed-and-matched glory. While younger readers will simply enjoy the journey, older children may desire more information about the context of the story, some of which can be found in the author's and illustrator's notes. VERDICT A fun addition to the ever-popular genre of transportation picture books-this one with a unique perspective and message of perseverance.-Clara Hendricks, Cambridge Public Library, MA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Margarita Engle is a Cuban-American poet and novelist. Her books include The Wild Book, Tropical Secrets, The Firefly Letters, The Lightning Dreamer, When You Wander, Mountain Dog, and Silver People. She has received several awards including the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, the Pura Belpré Award, the Américas Award, and the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award for The Surrender Tree and the Pura Belpré Award and the Américas Award for The Poet Slave of Cuba.

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