¡Mira, Look!: Rubén Darío

Hoy vamos a hablar de Rubén Darío de la autora puertorriqueña Georgina Lázaro y el ilustrador nicaragüense Lonnie Ruiz, una obra incluida en la serie de literatura infantil cuando los grandes eran pequeños. Esta última es un acercamiento a los grandes autores de la literatura hispanoamericana. Si quieres sumergirte en la vida de Rubén Darío, magnífico poeta nicaragüense y artista precoz como el que más, acompáñame a descubrir su propia historia.

Rubén Darío es una invitación a conocer la vida y desarrollo artístico del poeta del mismo nombre en lengua castellana; una historia compuesta por estrofas de cuatro versos octosílabos que riman entre sí y combinan con evocadoras imágenes que acompañan el arco cronológico, entretejiendo un desarrollo personal y profesional marcado por la pasión por las letras. Los colores, de tono claro, generan una paleta donde la poesía es la auténtica protagonista. El libro viene introducido por un extracto final de un poema del autor titulado A Margarita Debayle y fechado a 20 de marzo de 1908:

 

Ya que lejos de mí vas a estar,

guarda, niña, un gentil pensamiento

al que un día te quiso contar

un cuento.

 

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La historia se desarrolla sin prisa pero sin pausa, reflejando una tierna infancia del autor en San Marcos de Colón (Honduras), marcada esta por la convivencia con su madre y la ausencia del padre, el contacto con la naturaleza primigenia, la posterior mudanza a León (Nicaragua) y su adopción por parte del coronel Félix Ramírez y su esposa Bernarda Sarmiento; tía y madre adoptiva de la madre de Rubén Darío, cuyo nombre real es Rubén García Sarmiento.

Pronto el futuro maestro de las letras quedó fascinado con los libros, y entre fiestas populares, amor paternal e interminables historias, su imaginación iba escalando imparablemente hacia los cielos; allá donde solo los privilegiados que confluyen con las artes tienen acceso. La muerte de su padre adoptivo agrió su imparable ascenso, pero no impidió que un día, alumbrado por la poesía, siguiera su camino, granjeándose el apodo 2del niño poeta y consiguiendo la publicación de un poema en un diario de León a los 12 años. Entre amores de niñez de los que marcan de por vida y agrietan corazones, Rubén Darío termina mudándose a la capital del país, Managua, donde hace de la biblioteca su templo y se termina casando. Allí galopa incesante hacia aguas internacionales, sigue afilando su pluma y se erige como el que para muchos es el padre del modernismo literario.

Georgina Lázaro es una autora puertorriqueña con extensa trayectoria en literatura infantil que cuando comenzó se sentaba en una mesita con lápiz y papel y así redactaba los cuentos que luego les leía a sus hijos a la hora de dormir. Entre sus libros de la serie cuando los grandes eran pequeños destacan, además de Rubén Darío, autores de la talla de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Pablo Neruda o Federico García Lorca. Lonnie Ruiz, por su parte, es un ilustrador nicaragüense que además practica la docencia universitaria y ha participado en bienales de España, México o Rusia.

Recursos relacionados y enfocados a la promoción de la poesía:

¡Como siempre, espero hayáis disfrutado de esta obra y seguimos con la serie de poesía del mes!

Santi

 

(Re-)Building Community Through Conversations and Stories

Immigration is a frequent topic here at Vamos a Leer, as well as on the news. On Friday, January 27th, President Trump signed an executive order to help “protect Americans from ‘terrorist’ attacks.” This order suspended immigration from several Muslim-majority countries, and indefinitely banned Syrians (including refugees) from entering the United States. He has also announced his plans to carry out his campaign promise of building a wall on the United States/Mexico border.

Teaching Tolerance has put together some sources to support teachers in talking about current events, and write that “schools with immigrant, undocumented and refugee students are likely to see heightened anxieties and fears among students due to two executive orders:

1) a directive to start immediate construction on a border wall with Mexico and

2) a 90-day ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, and a 120-day suspension on refugee admissions into the United States (indefinitely for Syrian refugees).”

It is crucial to recognize that many students are living in fear for themselves, families and/or friends. Addressing these concerns is of utmost importance in creating a safe and welcoming learning environment for students.  While some of the resources we’re sharing here are not explicitly connected to Latin America, we’re posting them because we are committed to social justice for all students.  We believe in fostering an authentic community where all our students feel safe and valued.

Understanding each other – and valuing both our similarities and differences – is a first step in this process. At Vamos a Leer we strongly believe that books and stories can play a role in this process.

Below are a couple of resources you may find useful in building community in your classroom through stories.

Use these resources to offer facts and perspectives that can help correct misinformation, improve school safety and offer examples of how students across the country have responded in the face of Islamophobia.

  • Expelling Islamophobia
    A magazine feature story that explains why anti-hate and anti-bullying policies aren’t enough in the fight against Islamophobia in schools.
  • What Is the Truth About American Muslims?
    A publication co-produced by the Interfaith Alliance and the Religious Freedom Project of the First Amendment Center that debunks damaging stereotypes about Muslims in the United States. It also includes a section on religious freedom under the U.S. Constitution.
  • Extreme Prejudice
    A magazine feature story about why it’s necessary to teach about religious radicalism. The story has an accompanying lesson-based
    toolkit.
  • Dressing in Solidarity
    A magazine feature story about a school that rallied around its Muslim students after an anti-Muslim hate crime.
  • Youth United! Enough Is Enough
    A video feature about a school that lost a student to an anti-Muslim hate crime and how, after the tragedy, his classmates took action to establish a community-wide culture of respect, love and understanding. (Great for sharing with kids!)
  • Religious Diversity in the Classroom: Fostering a Culture of Respect
    A webinar co-produced by TT and the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding about how to make your classroom a safe learning space for students of all religious and nonreligious beliefs.
  • Debunking Stereotypes About Muslims and Islam
    A classroom lesson in which students learn about Muslims in the United States and explore how religions are similar and
  • Confronting Students’ Islamophobia
    A blog post about a teacher’s reaction when her students resisted meeting a Muslim children’s book author.
  • Don’t Look Away From Garissa
    A blog post about an Islamic extremist attack on a Kenyan university and the implications for students and teachers in the United States when only the negative stories about Islam make it into the news.

I hope that these resources can support your efforts of resistance to the single stories that will continue to circulate the media and our nation in the coming months.

Hania

 

 

 

Writers’ Words: Sonia Nazario

 

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¡Buenos días!

I hope everyone’s having a great week! This month’s featured book is Enrique’s Journey, by Sonia Nazario. As a way to explore the significant themes that the book encompasses, I made this image with a quote about chance and the role that it continuously plays in our lives.

Saludos!
Kalyn