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Puerto Rican 11
Where is our historian to give us our side? Arturo asked. Amid the scholars, poets, authors, and artists of the Harlem Renaissance stood an Afro-Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg. This law clerk's life's passion was to collect books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora and bring to light the achievements of people of African descent through the ages. When Schomburg's collection became so big it began to overflow his house (and his wife threatened to mutiny), he turned to the New York Public Library, where he created and curated a collection that was the cornerstone of a new Negro Division. A century later, his groundbreaking collection, known as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, has become a beacon to scholars all over the world
Although he tries to do exactly as his mother tells him, foolish Juan Bobo keeps getting things all wrong
Presents the creation myth of Boriquén, or present-day Puerto Rico, an island inhabited by Taino Indians before the conquests of Christopher Columbus
Mayte and Pepito are convinced that Don Aparicio, the dour ice cream vendor, is really the bogeyman
While his mother goes to church, Juan cares for the pig-- with humorous results
During the early days of the Great Depression, New York City's first Puerto Rican librarian, Pura Belpré, introduces the public library to immigrants living in El Barrio and hosts the neighborhood's first Three Kings' Day fiesta
Before moving to Indiana, Elena takes photos of all her favorite places in Puerto Rico; after she moves, she creates an album for new memories with the help of new friends
Soledad's friends help her discover the many things that she can do to entertain herself when she is alone in her apartment
On the way back from the bodega, Sofia is drawn into a life-like mural of Old San Juan where she dances, sings, and conquers her fear of the vejigante before being called back to the barrio by her mother
"A little boy named Clemente learns about his namesake, the great baseball player Roberto Clemente"--Front jacket flap