Juan de Pareja, the slave who prepares the paints and canvases of the artist Velâazquez, describes his work with his master and the climate of Spanish court life.
I, Juan de Pareja is the winner of the 1966 Newbery Medal.
Spanish Edition. Latino Interest.
Elizabeth Borton de Treviño (1904-2000) was the highly acclaimed author of many books for young people. Born in California, it was her move to Mexico in the 1930s that inspired many of her books, including El Güero: A True Adventure Story and Leona: A Love Story. She won the Newbery Medal in 1966 for I, Juan de Pareja.
“An excellent novel, written in the form of an autobiography, about the painter Vel†zquez and his Negro slave and assistant, Juan de Pareja...[who] was legally prohibited from painting because he was a slave.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books