Children recognize that they can change the world through innovation and fairness. In this light they will appreciate the art of Pablo Picasso, who transformed the way in art was conceived and experienced. They will understand the role of Gabriela Mistral’s poetry and her determination to bring education to all children of the Spanish-speaking Americas and they will see justice in the fortitude and determination of Benito Juárez.
José Martí, extraordinary writer and exceptional human being, liked to say “Honrar, honra” implying that when we honor those who deserve it, we somehow partake of the honor. His message that it is important to honor those who have open roads that we now travel has inspired this biography series.
Alma Flor and I would like children to realize that the people we admire earned that admiration as they faced life with courage and dignity, determined not to be stopped by difficulties, but consistently following their dreams.
It is our great hope that children will recognize that humble beginnings or physical limitations, while creating unquestionable challenges, should not be seen as impossible barriers, and that these biographies will be for them an inspiration.