The Legend of Robert Cofresi: A Puerto Rican Hero

Robert CofresiThe Legend of Robert Cofresí is the second book which award-winning author Janet Balletta has written. Artist Estella Mejia illustrated both books in a colorful primitive style reminiscent of children’s drawings. Kids will enjoy the tale of  Roberto Cofresí, the swashbuckling anti-hero  from Puerto Rico. Like Robin Hood, he confiscated treasure from the wealthy and shared it with those in need. Legend says the people of Puerto Rico conspired to help him avoid capture from the authorities. Today, Cofresí is revered in Puerto Rica as a popular hero.

Young readers will enjoy learning about Cofresí’s adventuring on the seas, seizing treasure and burying it. Some might imagine themselves as treasure hunters seeking Cofresí’s still undiscovered hidden treasure. Such grand adventures might spark an interest in acquiring the science and oceanographic skills that might enable them to pursue the hunt.  The story is narrated by a night-shift working dad. Though weary and ready for bed, he takes the time to share the legend with his sons. Along the way he explains the unfamiliar vocabulary. For  example, the story describes Cofresí as a corsair  not as a pirate. Four stars.




Columbian mermaidJanet ‘s  first book, The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid  **Winner of 2015 Mariposa International Latino Book Award** and won Second Place in the 2015 International Latino Book Awards
Janet Balletta







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  1. Carrie says:

    This book sounds so interesting!! I love that the narrator is the father taking time to share the legend with his sons. It is a legend I did not know and am intrigued now. Thank you for reviewing it for Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

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