This book includes the biographies of three very different individuals, each a remarkable contributor to her/her society.
Movie artist and singer Rita Moreno had very humble beginnings as a Puerto Rican child growing up in New York. She has worked very hard to achieve excellence in her art, and has received multiple honors including the best possible in her career the Oscar, Tony and Emmy awards.
Fernando Botero is an innovative painter and sculpture. His art is characterized by human figures of very large proportions which make his style very distinguishable.
Evelyn Cisneros achieved the success of becoming the first ballerina of the famous San Francisco Ballet as a result of a combination of her natural talent and grace and a life of study and practice.
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.