Since 1994, Antonio
Sacre has been commissioned by numerous cultural organizations to create
specific stories, plays, poems, and articles. Some of the
commissions include: The Smithsonian in Washington DC, The Getty in Los
Angeles, Teaching Tolerance Magazine, Angels Studio in Chicago,
and National Public Radio.
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In 1960 my father got into a rowboat from Havana, Cuba and rowed 90 miles to the United States to start his new life.
By the time I got into seventh grade, I was telling my friends that my father saved all of his family, all of his friends,
piled everyone into that boat and rowed everybody over to America. By the time I got into high school,
I was telling my friends that my father stole five boats from Castro's navy, saved all of his friends,
all of his family, all of his first, second, third, fourth, and fifth cousins, everyone on his block,
all of the pets, and everybody on his baseball team. He piled them into the boat.
There was no room for him in the boat, so he tied those boats together with a big rope,
put that rope around his shoulders and he swam everybody over to the United States. . .
Born in Boston to a Cuban father and an Irish-American mother,
Antonio Sacre is one of the few leprecanos on the national speaking circuit.
Using his own personal history and telling the stories that audiences across
the nation have found so captivating and wonderful, this award-winning storyteller and author weaves the Spanish language,
Cuban and Mexican customs, and Irish humor into an unforgettable book of humor, inspiration, tradition, and family.
My Name is Cool – Stories from a Cuban-Irish-American Storyteller is a classic book that transcends, like the author himself, cultures and boundaries. ISBN: 9781938301568.
Francisco is finally old enough to journey to the mango grove all by himself to gather the mangoes for a special dinner. But bees swarm the fruit, and Francisco has trouble picking them from the tree. He returns to his father s everal times, and each time his father shares a different proverb to inspire Francisco to continue trying. "Querer es poder. Where there's a will, there's a way!" Finally, Francisco is able to gather some mangoes, and on his way home he stops to visit his uncle, grandmother, and aunt. Francisco shares his mangoes with them, and by the time he gets home he no longer has any! "Es mejor dar que recibir. Sometimes it's better to give than to receive." ISBN: 0-8109-9734-7.
To see Antonio telling
his story of A Mango in the Hand to a young
audience, click here. And to see a short clip from Antonio on How to Cut and Eat a Mango click here.
Celebrate the holiday season with the festive book LA NOCHE BUENA: A Christmas Story by Antonio Sacre, illustrated by Angela Dominguez. La Noche Buena (the Good Night) shows how a little
girl celebrates Christmas Eve with her Cuban relatives in Miami’s
neighborhood of Little Havana. Also known as the night of Christmas Eve, this lively tale takes readers through the customs, introduces the wonderful foods, and captures the general excitement of the holiday as its being experienced through the eyes of a young girl reconnecting to her culture. Everyone that celebrates Christmas will enjoy this story! ISBN: 978-0-8109-8967-2.
And to see a short clip from Antonio on his childhood Holiday Celebrations click here.
Or to see a short clip from Antonio on Cooking Black Beans click here.
In 2003, Sacre's first children’s book, The
Barking Mouse, was published by
Albert Whitman and
Company. It has fast become a staple in many classrooms
libraries in the United States because of its humor, multicultural
and emphasis on the importance of speaking other languages.
see Antonio telling his story of The Barking Mouse to a young audience, click here.
To commission Antonio Sacre
for a specific piece, contact his agent:
A Literary Agency
454 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036