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Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

Dreams from Many Rivers

A Hispanic History of the United States Told in Poems

Margarita Engle; illustrations by Beatriz Gutierrez Hernandez

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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COURAGE

GUACARIGUA


Borikén, 1491

My mother says watch out for sharks

in the sea, caimans in the river, hurricanes,

scorpions,

crumbling cliffs …

but my greatest fear

is too little adventure,

not too much.

No matter how fervently my mother worries,

I need to explore, boldly trekking along all

the wild edges

of home.

There will be time enough

for caution

when I grow old.


DAYDREAMS

YAIMA


Borikén, 1491

Are all little girls

just as happy

as I am

when I swim

with quiet manatees,

telling them

enchanting stories?


HUNTER

ABEY


Borikén, 1491

My work is tiring, but we need ducks

to eat and crocodiles for making tools of teeth,

bags from skin, long strips of roasted meat …

Land, sea, and sky feed us,

so that we’re never really hungry,

except

after visits

from the guardian

of storms.


MUSIC FROM THE DEEP SEA AND HIGH SKY

GUAMO


Borikén, 1491

Mouth pressed

against a pink conch shell,

I play a song

to call

rhythms

down

from

trees,

the rattle

of palm leaves

and festive squawks

of raucous parrots

as they join

my aerial

coral-reef

melody!


Copyright © 2019 by Margarita Engle

Illustrations copyright © 2019 by Beatriz Gutierrez