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A Library for Juana:
I am quiet like a turtle."
So promised Juana InÚs, a little girl who loved words, on her first day of school. When she was three years old, Juana InÚs followed her sister to school and peeked in the window, then begged the teacher to be allowed to stay so she could learn how to read. Soon she was making up stories, songs, and poems--she loved learning and she loved reading. And she couldn't wait to have her own collection of books! Eventually, Juana went on to become Sor Juana InÚs de la Cruz, a nun, and she devoted her life to writing and learning and words. Though she died in 1695, Sor Juana InÚs is still considered one of the most brilliant writers in Mexico's history: her poetry is recited by schoolchildren throughout Mexico and is studied at schools and universities around the world. Here is the story of her life, an incredible one full of knowledge, achievement, and inspiration, lovingly told by the renowned children's book author Pat Mora and gorgeously illustrated by Beatriz Vidal. [via]