The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom / El arbol de la rendicion: Poemas de la lucha de Cuba por su libertad

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom / El arbol de la rendicion: Poemas de la lucha de Cuba por su libertad

by Margarita Engle

Paperback(Bilingual edition: Spanish-English)

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The Surrender Tree is a lyrical, Newbery Honor-winning history in poems, and this edition has the Spanish and English text available in one book.

It is 1896. Cuba has fought three wars for independence and still is not free. People have been rounded up in reconcentration camps with too little food and too much illness. Rosa is a nurse, but she dares not go to the camps. So she turns hidden caves into hospitals for those who know how to find her.

Black, white, Cuban, Spanish—Rosa does her best for everyone. Yet who can heal a country so torn apart by war?

Using the true story of the folk hero Rosa la Bayamesa, acclaimed poet Margarita Engle gives us another gripping, breathtaking account of a tumultuous period in Cuban history.

A 2009 Newbery Honor Book

Winner of the 2009 Pura Belpré Medal for Narrative

Winner of the 2009 Bank Street - Claudia Lewis Award

A 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312608712
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 03/16/2010
Edition description: Bilingual edition: Spanish-English
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 306,178
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Margarita Engle is a Cuban American poet, novelist, and journalist whose work has been published in many countries. She is the author of young adult nonfiction books and novels in verse including The Poet Slave of Cuba, Hurricane Dancers, The Firefly Letters, and Tropical Secrets. The Surrender Tree was a Newbery Honor Book. She lives in northern California.

Reading Group Guide

1. Why do you think the author chose to tell this story through poetry instead of prose?

2. The book follows Rosa from childhood through adulthood.

How have the wars changed her?

3. Lieutenant Death says that his father corrected him when he called Rosa a witch-girl because if he adds girl, "she'll think she's human, like us." How do you think this statement affected

Lieutenant Death's opinion of Rosa?

4. We never learn Lieutenant Death's real name. All of the other characters who speak have their real name as the character heading. How does this affect your opinion of the character?

5. Rosa heals Lieutenant Death after he falls from a tree. Why does she help him? Why, even after her help, does he still want to kill her?

6. Find a passage in the book that you enjoyed or felt a connection with. Discuss what it was about that passage that made it memorable for you.

7. Who was your favorite character and why?

8. What does the Surrender Tree represent to Rosa?

9. Why does Rosa help anyone, no matter what side they fight for, free of charge?

10. Silvia ends the book saying "Peace is not the paradise I

imagined, but it is a chance to dream." What do you think she means by this? What do you think the rest of her life will be like? 11. Take an experience from your own life and write a few lines of poetry to tell the story.

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