Martín de Porres: The Rose In The Desert

Martín de Porres, son of a Spanish nobleman and an African slave, was born in the barrios of Lima, Peru, in 1579. As a child, he lived in poverty and neglect. He was apprenticed to a doctor and developed powers of healing. News of his miracles spread and eventually he was allowed to join a monastery. An author’s note explains that he was beatified in 1837 and canonized in 1962 as the first black saint of the Americas. He is the patron saint of universal brotherhood, interracial relations, social justice, those of mixed race, public education, and animal shelters. mjw
Title: Martín de Porres: The Rose In The Desert
Author: Gary D. Schmidt
Illustrator
: David Diaz
Publisher
: Clarion Books
Copyright
: 2012
Original language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-547-61218-8
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 6-9
Genre
: Picture book biography
Book setting
: Lima, Peru
Author’s residence
: United States
Illustrator’s residence
: United States
Awards
: 2013 Pura Belpre Award for Illustration, Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature Honorable Mention
Subjects
: Biography, Christian saints, Peru, South America

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