Tuesday, August 21, 2018

All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle


All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle, is a realistic fictional poem that takes the reader on a road trip through Cuba.  I just love all of the sound words which describes the the cars engine; a great way to teach the literary concept, onomatopoeia. 

These words made me think of my husband and his uncle. When my husband has an issue with one of our vehicles, he describes the noise in which the car is making and his uncle, an automotive genius, will already begin to think of what could be wrong. It is very impressive.

Here in the story, the Papa continuously strives to make this antique car run; which is common in the country of Cuba. The books final pages includes an author's note, that tells us pre-1959 cars are extremely popular in this country, as the people are succumbed to both hardship and poverty. In addition, they consistently maintain these older cars with a lot of perseverance and creativity. The young boy in the story, likes to assist his Papa with fixing Cara Cara in hopes that one day it will become his.

You may view the book trailer here:


I read this book as a part of my #BookaDay Reading Challenge, inspired by Donalyn Miller. My goal is to read at least one children's literature book every weekday and share my thoughts here on my blog. Please feel free to subscribe or connect with me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time ...

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