This book includes the biographies of three very different individuals, each a remarkable contributor to her/her society.
Playwright, screenwriter, and director Luis Valdez began his life as a farm worker but he held onto his dreams. Holding onto our dreams is one of the keys to success. Hop aboard as we accompany muralist Judith Francisca Baca, and the person who discovered the cause of yellow fever, and Doctor Carlos Juan Finlay, from their humble beginnings to their incredible accomplishments.
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.