Enchanted air : two cultures, two wings : a memoir / Margarita Engle.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "In this ... memoir, Margarita Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War"--Amazon.com.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: In this poetic memoir Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War. Her heart was 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 lived 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. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupted at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Engle's worlds collided in the worst way possible. Would she ever get to visit her beautiful island again?
    • Content Notes:
      Love at first sight -- Magical travels -- Winged summer -- Strange sky -- Two wings -- Cold War time line.
    • Notes:
      Text in English.
    • ISBN:
      9781481435222
      1481435221
      9781481435239
      148143523X
    • Accession Number:
      2014017408
    • Accession Number:
      ocn881318208
      881318208
    • Accession Number:
      fay.461670
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      ENGLE, M. Enchanted air : two cultures, two wings : a memoir. [s.l.] : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 21 out. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Engle M. Enchanted Air : Two Cultures, Two Wings : A Memoir. Atheneum Books for Young Readers; 2015. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.461670. Accessed October 21, 2019.
    • APA:
      Engle, M. (2015). Enchanted air : two cultures, two wings : a memoir. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.461670
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Engle, Margarita. 2015. Enchanted Air : Two Cultures, Two Wings : A Memoir. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.461670.
    • Harvard:
      Engle, M. (2015) Enchanted air : two cultures, two wings : a memoir. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.461670 (Accessed: 21 October 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Engle, M 2015, Enchanted air : two cultures, two wings : a memoir, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, viewed 21 October 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Engle, Margarita. Enchanted Air : Two Cultures, Two Wings : A Memoir. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.461670.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Engle, Margarita. Enchanted Air : Two Cultures, Two Wings : A Memoir. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.461670.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Engle M. Enchanted air : two cultures, two wings : a memoir [Internet]. Atheneum Books for Young Readers; 2015 [cited 2019 Oct 21]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.461670

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2015 May #2

*Starred Review* Reflecting on her childhood in Los Angeles and her Cuban heritage, Engle's memoir in verse is, indeed, nothing short of enchanting. Descriptions of Cuba as a tropical paradise and the home of her beloved abuelita come alive in the spare free-verse poems. She evocatively addresses weighty issues, such as her mother's homesickness, being bicultural, the challenge of moving homes and schools, the Cuban Revolution, and negotiating an identity that is being torn apart by politics and social attitudes at complete odds with her feelings and experiences. With characteristic precision, Engle captures a range of emotions and observations salient to a young girl: belonging (to Cuba or the U.S.?), daydreaming (about riding a horse), questioning (the absurdity of Cold War politics), needing (to run, play, fly), wishing (she could fit in), fear (of FBI agents), and more. In addition to the arresting content that provides many opportunities for learning, the craft of this memoir lends itself to creative exploration in the classroom. Poems might be examined in isolation, juxtaposed with others, or used as writing models. The book's poignancy and layered beauty make it a worthy addition to any collection and a fitting companion to Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming (2014) and Thanhha Lai's Inside Out and Back Again (2011). Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Spring

Emotionally rich memory poems begin with Margarita's joyful childhood visits to Cuba, her mother's homeland. At first, navigating two cultures is fairly seamless. But then there's the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and suddenly all is different. Margarita struggles to find her American self in a country that views Cuba as the enemy. An intimate view of a complicated time and life. Timeline.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2015 #4

Well known for her portrayals of historic Cubans in verse novels such as The Surrender Tree (rev. 7/08) and The Poet Slave of Cuba (rev. 7/06), Engle explores her own past in this collection of emotionally rich memory poems. The daughter of a Don Quixote–obsessed American artist of Ukrainian Jewish descent and a beautiful homesick Cuban emigree, Engle begins with joyful visits to her mother's homeland as a child. Roaming the countryside, she falls in love with "the lush beauty of a land so wild / and green that the rippling river / on my great-uncle's farm / shimmers like a hummingbird." Engle effectively contrasts the smoggy air of sprawling Los Angeles with the enchanted air of that small, magical-seeming island, and at first going between the two cultures is fairly seamless: "In one country, I hear the sweet words / of another. / Dulce de leche means sweet of milk. / Guarapo is sugarcane juice." But then there's the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and suddenly all is different. Moving through elementary and middle school, the wistful young Margarita struggles to find her American self in a country that views her mother's homeland as the enemy. Ending with a note of optimism -- "All I know about the future / is that it will be beautiful" -- Engle's personal reverie gives young readers an intimate view of a complicated time and life. A timeline is appended. monica edinge Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.