Aire Encantado: Dos Culturas, dos Alas: Una Memoria (Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir)
Aire Encantado: Dos Culturas, dos Alas: Una Memoria (Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir)

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Annotation: Poetic memoir by Margarita Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of her experiences growing up in two cultures, Cuban and American, during the Cold War.
Catalog Number: #147572
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Atheneum
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 192 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-534-40427-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-99022-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-534-40427-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-99022-7
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2016048798
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: Spanish
Word Count: 13,609
Reading Level: 6.1
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.1 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 175273SP / grade: Middle Grades
Guided Reading Level: I
Aire encantado (Enchanted Air)


La primera vez que mis padres

me llevan por los aires a través del mágico cielo

a conocer a la familia de mi madre en Cuba,

soy tan pequeña que apenas puedo hablar

con mis parientes:

mi abuelita,

a quien todavía le encanta bailar,

y su anciana mamá, mi bisabuela,

a quien todavía le encanta la jardinería y trabaja

tan duro como cualquier hombre

joven y fuerte.

Desde ya está isla comienza a lucir

como un reino de hadas

en el que la gente común y corriente

hace cosas


Excerpted from Aire Encantado: Dos Culturas, Dos Alas: Una Memoria by Margarita Engle, Alexis Romay
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Now available in Spanish! In this poetic memoir, which won the Pura Belpré Author Award and was named a Walter Dean Myers Award Honoree, acclaimed author Margarita Engle tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War.

Margarita is a girl from two worlds. Her heart lies in Cuba, her mother’s tropical island country, a place so lush with vibrant life that it seems like a fairy tale kingdom. But most of the time she lives in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. Words and images are her constant companions—sources of comfort when the children at school are not.

Then a revolution breaks out in Cuba. Margarita fears for her far-away family. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupts into the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Margarita’s worlds collide in the worst way possible. How can the two countries she loves hate each other so much? And will she ever get to visit her beautiful island again?

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