All the Way to Havana (Hardcover)

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By Margarita Engle, Mike Curato (Illustrator)
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A boy travels with his family to Havana for the zero-year birthday of his baby cousin, riding in Cara Cara,  their 1954 blue chevy that is held together with tape, wire, and love. They see many people, places, and cars throughout the day, but as he tells his father at the end, his favorite is Cara Cara because it has been in their family since his grandfather’s zero-year birthday and will one day be his! Margarita Engle’s poem is an ode to all of the pre-1959 cars in Cuba that have been passed down through the years and the ingenuity of the people there who keep them running. Mike Curato made the same trip that the boy in this book takes to Havana and it shows in his illustrations that bring the story to life and honor the relationship that people in Cuba have to their vehicles. 
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So we purr, cara cara, and we glide, taka taka, and we zoom, zoom, ZOOM
Together, a boy and his parents drive to the city of Havana, Cuba, in their old family car. Along the way, they experience the sights and sounds of the streets--neighbors talking, musicians performing, and beautiful, colorful cars putt-putting and bumpety-bumping along. In the end, though, it's their old car, Cara Cara, that the boy loves best. A joyful celebration of the Cuban people and their resourceful innovation.

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About the Author

Margarita Engle is the Cuban-American author of many verse books, including the Newbery Honor Book The Surrender Tree, the Charlotte Zolotow Award winner Drum Dream Girl, and the Walter Dean Myers Honor Enchanted Air. Her books have also received multiple Pura Belpre and Americas Awards as well as a Jane Addams Award, an International Reading Association Award, and many others. Mike Curato traveled to Havana to do visual research and bring this story to life. He is the author and illustrator of the Little Elliot series and has illustrated a number of other books for children, including Worm Loves Worm.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781627796422
ISBN-10: 1627796428
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication Date: August 29th, 2017
Pages: 40
Language: English