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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,569 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Borton de Trevino Narrator: Johanna Ward Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN:
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In the era of Rembrandt, Rubens, and Van Dyke, Spain had its own great painter: Diego Velasquez. His assistant is an African slave, Juan, who, by helping his master in his studio in the preparation of paints and stretching of canvasses, becomes an artist himself. Self-taught by watching his master's technique, he is torn between the need to keep his secret, for such work as the creation of art is forbidden to slaves, and the desire to reveal his own talents. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eduardo | 2/19/2014

    " I love historical fiction and I love Velazquez. I read it as I had Velazque'z painting of Juan de Pareja and after seeing the painting at the Met in NYC. its not a deep complex book, but it is fun and touching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 melissa1lbr | 2/19/2014

    " What a great book! You know, sometimes older books that won awards are kind of dated, but this one was lovely (perhaps because it is historical fiction). I thought the story was so beautiful and the relationships real. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 2/16/2014

    " I read this excellent book with my 10-yr-old son. This Newberry Medal winner from 1966 is an excellent historical fiction exploring the life of Don Diego de Velasquez, the renowned 17th century Spanish painter, and his long-time assistant, Juan de Pareja. Trevino did an excellent job of portraying life in the Spanish court as well as shedding light on the life of an artist. My son thoroughly enjoyed the story as did I. The internet can be a wonderful thing. It allowed us to study the works of the artist while we were reading about them. It was a great exploration of both the time period as well as the art of Velasquez. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Hunt | 1/26/2014

    " I was expecting to really not like this book. But, I didn't. I didn't love it either, it was a little word, but a nice story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 1/23/2014

    " This book, though good, so far is pretty obtuse. It is very weird, as it was written almost 40 years ago, but it is still full of adventure. Read it, but beware of some pretty out of date language within. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/23/2014

    " My rating is higher than the average, but I really loved this book. It was a Newberry Award winner in 1966 and tells the story of the extraordinary friendship between the Spanish painter Diego Velazquez and his Negro slave, Juan de Pareja. It was an endearing characterization that I especially enjoyed since I've studied Spanish art and history and recognized the names and events that were woven into the story. At only 180 pages, I was able to read the whole book in one day. Now I want to go get a book of Velazquez' art and look at all the paintings again. Great story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sierra | 1/14/2014

    " for english...boring book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roseyreads | 1/5/2014

    " This book was a very enjoyable historical fiction book. It was enlightening to read something of this particular time period in Spain/Italy and the author did a very sensitive portrayal of the main characters. Now I have a great respect for Juan de Pareja and Velasquez both. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connor | 1/3/2014

    " Great book about a loving Spanish slave who learns to paint from one of the greatest painters in the world at that time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 12/26/2013

    " Interesting read. I plan to learn more about Juan and his master, but the story was told fairly dry and it was hard to stay interested for long periods of time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skye | 12/9/2013

    " Interesting - learned about an artist I didn't know anything about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 11/29/2013

    " i dont remember a lot of details about this book, but i remember that is was great. I think i might read this one again after i re-read the narnia books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz Mallett | 7/18/2013

    " I loved this book. It brought to life an aspect of that time period (the 1600s) that I had never read or studied. I highly recommend to anyone who likes historical fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 7/16/2013

    " Interesting story! Great book for 5th/6th graders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gnmsmom | 7/16/2013

    " I didn't get around to pre-reading this one, so I'm trying to stay a few pages ahead of Malcolm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reuel | 3/28/2013

    " I read this twice: 1966, 1977. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malakalima | 3/13/2013

    " Absolutely beautiful. The subject matter is incredibly interesting and very thought-provoking. It is such an inspiring story, and it was impeccably written. My very favorite recent read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/28/2013

    " Read this because it was on the kids reading list - and I must say, it is one of the most appealing books I've read in quite a while. Not too long (I started and finished today), but written well, a beautiful story, and historically interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra Fletcher | 5/13/2012

    " History Year Three "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 4/18/2012

    " A quick read. Can't go wrong with a Newberry award winning book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Mckenna | 3/27/2012

    " This was an excellent read aloud for the family, enveloping faith, art, history and geography...we really enjoyed the culture and very well written! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 11/23/2011

    " Very wonderful book! This was part of our home school curriculum and we thoroughly enjoyed reading it together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryBliss | 6/24/2011

    " I read this as a child and then as an adult. Even better the second time. And it's sent me off to the library to read books about 17th century Spanish painting. Excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony Derricott | 6/7/2011

    " Interesting insight into the life of an artist, an apprentice, a slave, and a friend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 6/6/2011

    " Talk about a happy slave! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Justine | 4/7/2011

    " this book got better as it went along. it wasn't too bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 3/22/2011

    " The main character of this book was such a wonderful, loving person. This was quite a touching book. So glad I remembered an old friend from a long time ago recommended it as one of her all-time favorites! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 2/15/2011

    " I was expecting to really not like this book. But, I didn't. I didn't love it either, it was a little word, but a nice story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skye | 2/14/2011

    " Interesting - learned about an artist I didn't know anything about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 11/12/2010

    " Amazingly novel story for a children historical fiction book. So interesting, I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryBliss | 10/18/2010

    " I read this as a child and then as an adult. Even better the second time. And it's sent me off to the library to read books about 17th century Spanish painting. Excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonja | 10/18/2010

    " This was a fun, quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kailani | 10/14/2010

    " just read it was great and i mean just read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 9/15/2010

    " Interesting story! Great book for 5th/6th graders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 6/9/2010

    " A very sweet, interesting story of a the slave of a famous artist. A young readers book but with a lof of very adult themes. "

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