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“I love this book. Its about a girl who lived on a ranch in Mexico but lost everything in a fire and must learn how to work on a farm in California to get enough money for her family.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I hated it! It was so boring. The story line was so dull. I don't know how it got a newberry award.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go to work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.”Kay C wrote this review 5 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ages 9-12. Awards: Judy Lopez Memorial Award (2001, Medalist), Pura Belpré Award (2002: Author, #1), Willa Cather Literary Award (2001: Young Adult, #1), Jane Addams Children's Book Award (2001), Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature (Finalist, 2000: Fiction, Honorable Mention), Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book. Description: Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico--she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But then a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. This is a good historical fiction story about the struggles of Mexicans working on the farms in California. Historical Fiction/ Multicultural/ realistic fiction. Cross-curricular: History, Geography, Social Studies, Language Arts. ”Natalie wrote this review 13 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is about 13 year old girl name Esperanza. Esperanza and her mother, and her father work on their ranch for better conditions. However, they picked fruits and vegetables. Also, when Esperanza other got sick, a strike for working conditions threatens to uproot their life's When Esperanza mother is in the hospital, Esperanza has to work with Miguel to earn money orders. They gonna save all that money that they earn by working.
i recommend this book because you can see how Esperanza life was at first. You can see how Esperanza had to work really hard to help her family. It's a really good book to read.You can see changes that happen and also things that happen at the end of the story”
“"Esperanza Rising" by Pam Munoz Ryan is the story of Esperanza, a young girl who grew up in privilege in post-Revolutionary Mexico. After the tragic death of her father, Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their beloved home and begin a new life as migrant workers in California. But life in America is not as easy as Esperanza and her mother were led to believe as the economic tensions of the Great Depression cause deep rifts between other migrant groups all traveling to California hoping for work-- and the fruition of the American Dream.
Appropriate for grades 6-8
Social Studies/History: There is so much historical context to explore! Teachers could divide students into research groups: Mexican Revolution, Great Depression, Migrant Workers, Immigration and ask each group to research their topic and present their findings as a documentary film. After reading the book in its entirety, students can then write about or discuss how understanding the novel's historical context enhanced their understanding of the book.
Geography: Students could make Google Lit Trips of Esperanza's journey from Mexico to California and the Okies journey from Oklahoma to California.
Sociology/Cultural History: Students can learn about the concept of immigration, study some significant historical diasporas and learn about how immigration has enriched our culture from language to art to food and beyond.
Writing: Students can continue Esperanza's story. What happens next?
World Language: Munoz-Ryan includes many Spanish words and expressions in her novel. Students can create their own bilingual glossaries (Spanish, French, German, Chinese, etc.) and then write their own creative story, poem, scene which uses more than one language.
“Based on author's family history - an exquisite blend of narrative, topic, urgency, and personal experience. A great recommendation for readers interested in stories of profound but accessible personal metamorphosis and/or labor issues.”Alison Q. wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Heart warming story of overcoming tragedy and adversity.”MsHayesELA wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“good”Mr. Kool-Aid wrote this review Monday, May 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise. Her mom's life and her's, depend on it.”Marlen Rodriguez Clemente wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read this when I was young and liked it.”LuLu Zulu wrote this review Monday, May 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No