Marti’s Song for Freedom: Diverse Book Review
This Saturday is the 5th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day. I’m thrilled to be a co-host. I’m celebrating with a review of Marti’s Song for Freedom, a new picture book about the life of José Marti. I’ve also got a special giveaway!
Be sure to read all the way to the end of this post for the giveaway, plus more free resources for parents and teachers.
Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary copy of Marti’s Song for Freedom in exchange for my honest review. This post contains affiliate links to my Amazon Associates account. If you make a purchase through these links, I receive a small commission at no additional charge to you.
Review: Marti’s Song for Freedom by Emma Otheguy and Beatriz Vidal
This bilingual English/Spanish book is written by Emma Otheguy and Beatriz Vidal. Marti’s Song for Freedom tells children the compelling story of José Marti. Marti was a poet and leader in Cuba’s movement for independence from Spain.
As children learn about the most important moments in his life, they’ll also read excerpts of his moving and fiery poetry.
As a young boy, José Marti loved exploring his island’s beautiful natural setting. One day as José explored, he came upon a Spanish slaveholder forcing women and men to cut sugarcane.
Even as a teenager, Marti knew that everyone should be free. He read all the news accounts he could about the United States’ Civil War and the abolishment of slavery there.
His journalism and organizing against the Spanish landed him in jail before he was even 18 years old. There, he was forced to work in a stone quarry while shackled. Finally, Spain agreed to release him, but only if he left Cuba.
As Marti traveled throughout Latin America, he continued his work for Cuba’s freedom. He eventually settled in New York. The city fascinated and repelled him at the same time. He saw how the fast pace of life blinded Americans to the suffering of some of their fellow people.
Marti once again relied on the beauty of nature to revive his soul when he traveled to the Catskills region. The beauty made him homesick, and reminded him that Cuba still needed his voice and his action.
Related Post: Discover hundreds of diverse children’s books with the Multicultural Children’s Book Day Linkup
The poetry he wrote in the Catskills stirred his heart so much that he decided to return to Cuba to fight in the war for independence. Though he died before he saw he country win its freedom, his words are still celebrated today.
Marti’s Song for Freedom is published by Lee and Lowe Books. They’re an small, independent children’s book press that I’ve come to admire for their support of authors and illustrators of color. I love how they take complex historical topics and make them accessible and interesting to young readers.
Enter my giveaway to celebrate Multicultural Children’s Book Day
To celebrate Multicultural Children’s Book Day, I’m giving away a copy of another Lee and Lowe Books title I love, Ahisma by Supriya Kelkar. You can read my full review here of this moving chapter book about a young girl’s role in India’s freedom struggle.
How to Enter:
Leave a blog post comment AND tap on the “Enter the Giveaway” box (it also says “tap here & register to win.”) Be sure to check the box that says “I commented!”
Due to shipping costs, this giveaway is open to United States residents (and APO addresses) only. Giveaway ends Wednesday, January 31st at 11:59 pm eastern standard time.
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Free MCBD resources for parents and educators
Are you a teacher? Find out how to get free multicultural books for your classroom here.
Help children develop empathy around issues of immigration with this free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day has a fantastic e-book Read Your World: A Guide to Multicultural Children’s Books for Parents and Educators that is free this week in celebrationn of MCBD!
About Multicultural Children’s Book Day
Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
Current Sponsors: MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.
2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors
PLATINUM:Scholastic Book Clubs
BRONZE: Barefoot Books, Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal Bowe, Gokul! World, Green Kids Club, Gwen Jackson, Jacqueline Woodson, Juan J. Guerra, Language Lizard, Lee & Low Books, RhymeTime Storybooks, Sanya Whittaker Gragg, TimTimTom Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Wisdom Tales Press
2018 Author Sponsors
Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan Bernardo, Author Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne Broyles, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and MysticPrincesses.com, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports Queen, Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and MFL Publishing Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham Author Natasha Yim
We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.