My Havana

By Rosemary Wells
Illustrated by Peter Ferguson

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.

  • Secundino Fernandez is a Cuban-American living in New York City. Rosemary Wells heard him interviewed on an NPR station, and was inspired to write the story about Dino leaving Havana as a child in the 1950s.
  • Interest in and curiosity about Cuba is piqued: Cuba is very much in the news as power and influence is transferred from Fidel to his younger brother, Raoul. Diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba are also thawing; travel visas easier to come by, enabling Cuban-Americans to more frequently and easily visit extended family still residing in Cuba.
  • Peter Ferguson's paintings are magnificent, evoking Norman Rockwell, suggesting nostalgia for a different place and time, and capturing the romantic and sun-soaked landscape of Cuba.

About the author

Rosemary Wells has written more than sixty books for children and has received numerous awards. She is the creator of the beloved Max and Ruby Stories and the illustrator of My Very First Mother Goose, edited by Iona Opie. She lives in upstate New York. Secundino Fernandez moved from Havana, Cuba, to the United States with his family in 1959. He lives in New York, and works as an architect.

About the illustrator

Peter Ferguson is a comic and editorial artist who has illustrated three books and written two novels for children. He lives in Montreal, Canada.

ISBN: 9780763643058
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: August 1, 2010
Dimensions: 162 x 228mm, 72pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $29.99
New Zealand RRP: $31.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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