Prose poems created by Engle are romantic in places and always serious with her pride in her heritage. And while history tends to lump all “Hispanic peoples” into one group, Engle shows how they are separate, how interactions occurred and how Moctezuma’s great-granddaughter could also be Cortez’s great-granddaughter. Each poem shows how history has repeated itself multiple times but here are always new pieces as well. You see the people and places presented and see the connections of then and now. Also, the connections of Spanish and English history are touched on. And if you’ve read her Jazz Owls a familiar face makes an appearance. — Jeanette
From award-winning poet Margarita Engle comes Dreams from Many Rivers, an middle grade verse history of Latinos in the United States, told through many voices, and featuring illustrations by Beatriz Gutierrez Hernandez.
From Juana Briones and Juan Ponce de León, to eighteenth century slaves and modern-day sixth graders, the many and varied people depicted in this moving narrative speak to the experiences and contributions of Latinos throughout the history of the United States, from the earliest known stories up to present day. It's a portrait of a great, enormously varied, and enduring heritage. A compelling treatment of an important topic.
"Ambitiously covering more than 500 years of history, Engle brings an imaginative and personal voice to an impressive variety of perspectives . . . the poems tell of resistance to colonialism, of the courage and anguish of indigenous lives that were changed forever by the arrival of the Spanish, of the incessant greed, and of resilience." —Booklist on Dreams from Many Rivers
"lifting unsung stories and centering Latinx perspectives . . . Engle makes a case for the necessity of bearing witness to both suffering and survival" —Publishers Weekly on Dreams from Many Rivers
"Engle addresses gaps in U.S. history for Latinxs, particularly topics that some may prefer omitted from cultural memory and the school curriculum." —School Library Journal on Dreams from Many Rivers