Esperanza Rising
ISBN: 0439576172
EAN13: 9780439576178
Language: English
Pages: 265
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 7.4" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Esperanza thought she'd always live a privileged life on her family's ranch in Mexico. She'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home filled with servants, and Mama, Papa, and Abuelita to care for her. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California and settle in a Mexican farm labor camp. Esperanza isn't ready for the hard work, financial struggles brought on by the Great Depression, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When Mama gets sick and a strike for better working conditions threatens to uproot their new life, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances-because Mama's life, and her own, depend on it.

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   My granddaughter's first adult book is a winner.
My granddaughter is going to middle school in Florida and she needs to read this book. There are many themes and borders in the subject. You can see all sides of the question because it presents real problems in complex ways. There are many unanswered questions in our society. It is a book that is hopeful and realistic. I liked it with her.
   Amazing story
This story is amazing because of the divisive topics that we have in our country. The author writes well for the upper elementary-lower middle school grades. We try to eat figs, grapes, and other fruits and vegetables in Chapters based on fruits and crops. The chapters relate. A beautiful story. It's easy to teach.
   Excellent book!
I had to read this book for one of my college courses (as an Elementary Education major), and I loved it! We used many aspects of this book to see how we could teach students through it with material like looking at imagery, using context clues, and defining words. I would definitely recommend this to educators and about 5th grade to middle school (8th grade). It was fun to read as a college student though!
   Good book, not the best
My 8 year old loved Riding Freedom, it was written by the same author. She loves historical fiction and history non fiction long chapter books from different historical time periods like Ann Frank, Susan B Anthony,Rosa Parks, Salem Witch Trials, Marie Curie, and so she thought she would love this one since it was based during the Great Depression. Not true. The main character goes from being rich in Mexico to having to work in the US during her teen years. We felt that it was all about us being sad for her life. It is not for an advanced young analytical reader. It was boring...
   One of my favorite books to gift!
I like to gift books to young girls. I have given this book many times to girls from 11 to 13 and this last order included a copy for a teacher who teaches a mixed class. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it before I ever gave it a gift, it was helpful for young girls and their senses of self worth and their natural concerns. Highly recommended!
   Esperanza Rising
My niece is always a reluctant reader. She received a book a month last year. The best children's and young adult book for a given year is selected by me. I wanted her to know about the periods of history that aren't in her textbooks. The subject of migrant farm workers and the uprooted lives they live is addressed by Esperanza Rising. My niece didn't know about this topic. We have had a lot of discussions about the books I've sent to her.
   Not the Spanish Edition
I thought it was in Spanish. When the book came today, the preview listening tape was in Spanish.
   Tackles Prejudice
Oh wow! I read it before giving it to the child. It is an eye-opener. Privileged kids need to know how changeable life's circumstances can be, and how white is not always right.
   Great for tweens, and their parents might learn something too.
My 5th graders had to read this for school, and it caught my attention, so I read it as well. It was very thoughtfully written. The subject matter invokes important discussions at the dinner table.
   loved the story, well written
I found myself on the verge of tears when I read this book, I was imagining a young girl going through harsh struggles in life like Esperanza after only knowing a pampered life. The story is compelling. The way it's written is great for kids that have an expanded vocabulary, 4 years and up, but the product detail seems a bit young. It's perfect for older kids about 8 years and up, teens and even adults like myself that love reading award winning kid's books so that they can buy or recommend for family and friends.