Miguel's Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote by Margarita Engle

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This fictionalized first-person biography in verse of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra follows the early years of the child who grows up to pen Don Quixote, the first modern novel. The son of a gambling, vagabond barber-surgeon, Miguel looks to his own imagination for an escape from his familys troubles and finds comfort in his colorful daydreams. At a time when access to books is limited and imaginative books are considered evil, Miguel is inspired by storytellers and wandering actors who perform during festivals. He longs to tell stories of his own. When Miguel is nineteen, four of his poems are published, launching the career of one of the greatest writers in the Spanish language.

Title : Miguel's Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote
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ISBN : 1561458562
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 pages


Danielle rated it ★★★★★

June 06, 2017

What a brilliant and beautifully done book—wow! I love the approach Margarita Engle took in writing poems from Cervantes's perspective to show his biography and how he developed his imagination and, specifically, the character of Don Quixote. Powerful. "So I sit still and listen with empty hands an...

Becky rated it ★★★★☆

February 02, 2018

First sentence: When I close my eyes, I ride up high on a horse the color of moonrise! But then I open my eyes, and all I see is Papa, selling the last of the horses from his stable--his sweet old swaybacked nag, a tired animal that would be happy to sleep all day. With eyes shut tight again, I p...

Heidi rated it ★★★★★

January 25, 2018

This beautiful book combines the writing talents of the amazing Margarita Engle, and the gorgeous illustrations of Raul Colon. Each poem and illustration highlights some of the experiences of Miguel de Cervantes Saayedra as a boy. His families struggles with poverty, his father's gambling, and mo...

Laura rated it ★★★★☆

July 01, 2017

What a delightful introduction into the world of Don Quixote. Told from the author's point of view, as a young child to adulthood, we see the things that might have influence Cervantes into writing this story. Told with short poems, and marvoulous pictures, the world of Don Quixote is lovingly br...

Earl rated it ★★★★☆

February 08, 2018

I'd been wanting to read this elusive (at least, to me) picture book since its release. Thankfully, my library has a great "suggest a purchase" feature so a big shout-out to the Multnomah County Library. Told in verse, Margarita Engle shares the early life of Don Quixote's creator. Miguel Cervante...

Linda rated it ★★★★★

November 14, 2017

Margarita Engle writes lovely picture books in poem form in addition to her wonderful verse novels. This time, she’s chosen to tell the background story of young Cervantes as he begins to dream of a brave knight. Poem by poem, he tells his story. Hard times happen again and again to the family b...

Virginia McGee rated it ★★★★★

October 06, 2017

Even though I’m a big fan of both Margarita Engel and Raul Colon, I had my doubts that a biography of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra would attract young readers. Why would they care about the man credited with writing the first modern novel? In their book Miguel’s Brave Knight, Margarita uses word...

Barbara rated it ★★★★☆

October 10, 2017

In a series of poems told from first-person point of view, Margarita Engle spins out the story of Miguel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote. Published in 1605, the book has had great influence on the literary world as well as adding heroes and terms to our vocabulary. Here, though, Engle car...

Bethany rated it ★★★★★

January 30, 2018

Using poems, the author takes you through what a day in Miguel de Cervantes shoes might've been like. His dad used to gamble away his money, so Miguel was used to hard times. They would have no money and his dad even got thrown into jail. To escape from his troubling living situation and constant...

Tasha rated it ★★★★★

November 18, 2017

This picture book biography of Miguel de Cervanes Saavedra shows his childhood in Spain. He grew up the son of a barber and surgeon. His father though had a gambling habit and was even jailed for his debts. Just as the family rebuilt after each loss, his father would once again gamble and send th...

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