A Library for Juana: The World of Sor Juana Ines

A Library for Juana The World of Sor Juana Ines From the author of Tom s and the Library Lady an amazing true story about the quest for knowledge that inspired one of Mexico s most famous and beloved poets Sor Juana In s Juana In s was just a li

  • Title: A Library for Juana: The World of Sor Juana Ines
  • Author: Pat Mora Beatriz Vidal
  • ISBN: 9780375806438
  • Page: 107
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the author of Tom s and the Library Lady, an amazing, true story about the quest for knowledge that inspired one of Mexico s most famous and beloved poets, Sor Juana In s Juana In s was just a little girl in a village in Mexico when she decided that the thing she wanted most in the world was her very own collection of books, just like in her grandfather s library WhFrom the author of Tom s and the Library Lady, an amazing, true story about the quest for knowledge that inspired one of Mexico s most famous and beloved poets, Sor Juana In s Juana In s was just a little girl in a village in Mexico when she decided that the thing she wanted most in the world was her very own collection of books, just like in her grandfather s library When she found out that she could learn to read in school, she begged to go And when she later discovered that only boys could attend university, she dressed like a boy to show her determination to attend Word of her great intelligence soon spread, and eventually, Juana In s was considered one of the best scholars in the Americas something unheard of for a woman in the 17th century.Today, this important poet is revered throughout the world and her verse is memorized by schoolchildren all over Mexico.

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    • booklady says:

      A Library for Juana is a children’s biography made-to-order for any book-loving little girl, especially if she is Catholic. Though Sor (Sister) Juana Inés eventually became a nun, died in 1695 and is still considered one of Mexico’s most brilliant poets, the charm is in her personality which author Pat Mora has perfectly captured.Juana is manifest determination. From her earliest years she has to learn to read and write, and pursues reading, libraries and the university with a singularity o [...]

    • Lisa Vegan says:

      The illustrations are stunning and I’m at risk of resorting to hyperbole if I say too much. I wasn’t surprised that in the illustrator bio section on the back inside cover of the book it’s revealed that the illustrations were created with watercolor and gouche, using small brushes for the paint and also making use of a magnifying glass. Amazing.This is an excellent picture book biography for any child who understands the thirst for knowledge, or who might be inspired by a young person who [...]

    • Q_Jill Burke says:

      This is an inspirational book about Juana Ines, a lover of knowledge and poet. Her enthusiasm for learning is inspiring. I wish all students were as eager! Juana was so eager to learn that she followed her sister to school and hid in the bushes to watch the girls read and write. Early on she knew that she wanted to go a University. At that time only boys went to the University. A tutor was hired to teach her at home and she asked many questions. When she was 15, she visited the palace of the vic [...]

    • S10_Helena says:

      Genre: non-fictionFormat: picture bookGrade level: elementaryThis book follows the life of Sister Juana Ines de la Cruz from age (3) to adulthood during the mid to late 1600’s. Juana, who learned to read at age (3), became a famous poet and scholar in Mexico. The book reveals her passion for learning and how she became a nun.This book is clearly meant to tell the story of Sister Juana Ines; however, it also discusses women’s educational rights. Juana was an advocate of women’s educational [...]

    • Michelle Pegram says:

      Born in 1648, Juana Ines Asbaje, or Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, was always full of questions and a desire to learn. At the age of 3 she followed her sister to school so that she could learn to read. When told that only boys could go to the University in Mexico City, she dressed up as a boy to convince her family she could go. She did move to Mexico city and studied with tutors before setting her sights on the Palace that had a library to explore. Her knowledge and reputation grew, she wrote her o [...]

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    • GalindoLibrarian says:

      I'll admit that I wanted to read this book that I had previously not picked up off of the biography shelves because I started watching the "Juana Ines" TV series on Netflix. This is a great book for elementary aged students about a forward-thinking, educated, creative woman that found a way to follow her heart in a world where that kind of woman didn't really fit in. I'll still need to read more about her, as the TV show has me suspicious that the kids' version is a quite cleaned up version of h [...]

    • Vamos a Leer says:

      A Library for Juana: The World of Sor Juana Inés written by Pat Mora is a book that tells the story of an important and prolific literary figure, self-taught poet, scholar and nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.We follow Juana’s life and discover that she was a curious child, always asking questions and wondering what was written in the books of her grandfather. She loved letters and rhyming. She started school at an early age, eager to learn. Once she found out that women could not attend unive [...]

    • Amanda Walz says:

      A good biography about a famous Mexican woman who was a genius in her own right. Amazing!

    • Sarah says:

      This book takes a look at a most interesting figure from Mexico's history, a seventeenth- century female writer named Juana Ramirez de Asbaje, or as she was later known, Sor (Sister) Juana Ines de la Cruz. Before reading this book, I had no knowledge of this amazing woman. The subject matter was interesting, though the book itself did not “speak” to me. This woman seems to be a very well-known and highly celebrated figure in Mexican history, though here in the States most of us have probably [...]

    • Rachel says:

      I had never heard of Sor Juana before I read this book, but she was fascinating. Juana Ines lived outside of Mexico City during the 17th century, and learned how to read at the age of three. She later moved to Mexico City and from then on, she devoured books and knowledge and was passionate about a woman's right to education. She eventually moved into the Viceroy's palace and he was so impressed by her that 40 male scholars came to evaluate her and found her very intelligent as well. She moved t [...]

    • Sara says:

      I loved this book! I had never heard of Sor Juana Ines before, but I saw this book at the library and I was captivated by the lovely illustrations. I loved how this book taught me, in an engaging way about this woman who I had never heard of before. I was very impressed to learn of her intelligence, her wisdom, and her kindness. This book exposed me to an incredible woman that meant so much to Mexican history that she is on Mexican currancy. And like all good nonfiction books do, this book made [...]

    • J-Lynn says:

      This book tells the story of the 17th century Mexican poet, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. She was a scholar and writer when women were thought to have inferior intellects. The book describes how her zest for reading and passion for learning helped her become a beloved "poet, defender of women's educational rights, intellectual, playwright, environmentalist, [and:] wit."The book has a sprinkiling of Spanish words with a glossary in the back of the book. There is also one of Juana's poems written in [...]

    • Q_michelene Haggard says:

      This is the inspirational story of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a 17th century Mexican poet. She had a powerful curiosity and a zest for books and learning. She learned to read at three and later convinced her parents to send her to Mexico City to continue her sudies. Although there were firm gender barriers in her time, her determination and passion for knowledge allowed her to push past these barriers. Inspires us to dream big and work tirelessly to pursue our passions.

    • Gabriela Cano says:

      This book was a bit confusing at first but then I understood how this becomes a biography book. I enjoyed reading about her love for books and how she became the woman to come to when in need of a book or wisdom. I would use this book as an individual read that grade 4-5 children can explore in the classroom when they are curious. This book was very diverse for the book had many spanish words and even a poem Juana made on her own in spanish and translated to english.

    • Earl says:

      Glad I stumbled upon this book! I hadn't heard of Mexico's Sor Juana Ines before and how she loved learning ever since she was a young girl in the 1600s. She fought for her right to be educated despite it not being the norm. She sought answers in books and shared them freely with others. Not only was she a scholar but she was also a poet.

    • Margaret says:

      This is about Sor Juana Ines who started learning to read at three years old when she followed her sister to school. A lifelong learner, she convinced her parents to let her first study in Mexico City and later was a lady-in-waiting for the Viceroy. A story for grades 2-4.Family theme for extended family and family caring about a child's desires

    • Taylor says:

      Very interesting. I loved learning about Juana's life. This would be a great book for young girls because it shows them that they can become anything when they get older. This books gives so much hope in the world that I feel anyone could relate to it.

    • Rebecca says:

      Interesting woman and a book with lovely illustrations. Fictionalized biographies with dialog are not my favorite, but it is important to have books that showcase Mexicans and a woman who was a genious and celebrity poet in the 1600s. Just wish the text was more engaging.

    • Jen says:

      This is a sweet book, but some of the facts if I recall from when I studied Sor Juana are inaccurate or glossed over in a different way to make the story better. Regardless, this is a fun, well illustrated book about an important woman historical figure.

    • Megengelter says:

      recreates "life of one of the greatest of our Latin American Poets" Juana Ines - born 1648 - died April 17, 1695"poet, defender of women's educational rights, intellectual, playwright, environmentalist, wit"introduces Spanish wordsMexicoNon-fiction

    • Maimoona Albar says:

      I am so amazed by the illustrations. It has so much details about the Mexican culture, and it matches the story very well. The story of Juana is inspiring and unique. I like how the author simplify a biography and made it easy and enjoyable for children to read.

    • Q_Barb says:

      The 2003 recipient of the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's book award

    • Armando says:

      This is the story of Sor Juana Ines from her childhood to her adult life. It tells you how she was educated and how she liked to write. It also tells you how she changed the role of woman.

    • Diane Mueller says:

      40 pages of beautiful illustration and the true story of a young girl who loved to learn at a time that was not common for girls.

    • Shannon says:

      Fantastic art, inspiring and amazing story. Started a little heavy banging on the girls-can-do-anything drum, but excellent overall.

    • Katie says:

      This series is so great for ESL,SPED older kids !

    • Corrie says:

      Colorful and beautifully illustrated children's book about one of Latin America's first great poets. Adorable, y encantado.

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