My Havana: Memories of a Cuban Boyhood by Rosemary Wells is a stunning jewel of a story. Expressive in it’s descriptive sentences and wonderful illustrations by Peter Ferguson, this book details the journey of young Secundino (Dino) Fernandez from his beautiful Havana to Madrid and eventually New York City in the 1950′s. Through vivid language, Dino’s passion for drawing the bold and colorful architecture and landscape of Havana shines from every page. His childhood in his beloved city is cut short by family misfortunes, big changes in Cuban government and the unfortunate truths of things he cannot control. My Havana is a remarkable tale (shared by real-life architect Dino Fernandez) of love, loss and discovery that will touch the hearts of children, adults and dreamers alike.
Reviewed by Ericka