LITERATURE
Engle, Margarita

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

(4) 4-6 Illustrated by Raúl Colón. A fictionalized portrait of Miguel de Cervantes in fifteen poems highlights the hardships of his childhood and his persistent optimism to suggest echoes of his most famous character, Don Quixote. Colón's pen-and-ink and watercolor images' muted palette reinforces the grim realities of sixteenth-century Spain. Yet, the book's subdued overall style feels at odds with this writer's witty energy. Contextual notes appended. Also available in Spanish.

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