My Sweet Orange Tree

Zeze, a precocious five-year-old born to a poor family in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, taught himself to read at a very young age and wants to grow up to be “a poet with a bow tie.” Zeze is a naughty child with a heart of gold.  He plays clever pranks on his neighbors and is punished severely for them by his parents. Imaginative Zeze adopts a small orange tree that grows in his yard as his magical friend.  Inspired by the author’s childhood, the book is a Brazilian classic, adopted by schools and adapted for cinema, television, and the stage. It has been translated into nineteen languages. mjw
Title: My Sweet Orange Tree
Author: Jose Mauro De Vasconcelos (1920-1984)
: Candlewick Press
: 2019
Original Language
: Portuguese
: Alison Entrekin
Original Title
: Meu pe de laranja lima
Original Publisher
: Editora melhoramentos Ltda, Brazil
Original Copyright
: 1968
: 978-1-5362-0328-8
Hardcover pages
: 272
Age range
: 14-17
: Autobiographical novel
Book setting
: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Author’s ethnicity
: Brazilian
: Abuse, Imagination, Magic, Orange trees, Poverty

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