all the way to havana by margarita engle

For a vivid visual journey, travel All the Way to Havana with this young boy and his family.  They are on the way to celebrate his new baby cousin’s zero year birthday.  The family – and a lot of neighbors needing a ride – travel to the bustling city.  After a fun celebration that goes into the night, the family returns home in their trusty car that will one day be his.

Mike Curato’s illustrations bring the Cuban streets to life.  The perfectly rendered, colorful old cars zoom off the page, complete with the clucks, putts, and honks of Margarita Engle’s perfect, poetic word choice.  As author and illustrator mention in their notes, the book is a tribute to the ingenuity of the Cuban people in their care of their cars and also celebrates “classic beauty, perseverance, and family loyalty.”