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“The sutdents in my novel study class liked The House on Mango Street because it is short, but the novel deserves to be read for more than its short length. The story is that of Esperanza (whose name means Hope), a twelve year old girl in a Lation neighborhood of Chicago. Cisneros is a poet, and...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“The writing was simple and nothing unnecessary was mentioned. It was all told through child-like eyes and with an innocence I could actually connect with. It was a pleasant read and entertaining to be able to read in between the lines.”Yoselis R wrote this review yesterday. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
The House on Mango street is about young Esperanza and the time she spent living on Mango Street. Esperanza is a Latina character that shares small glimpses and snapshots of her life in poetic vignettes. She is a young girl in a poor neighborhood living with her Mama, Papa, Carlos, Kiki, and her sister Nenny; see what happens as she encounters Cathy the Cat Lady, Louie and his cousins Alicia and the many other characters Mango Street has to offer.
I first read this book in high school, and I remember enjoying it, however, it was not until I read it again that I realized how beautiful Cisneros' writing is. The language is rich and eloquent and readers will get sucked in to life on Mango Street.
I might pair this story with other narratives or memoirs. Or I might pair this book with other stories that are similar in nature (multicultural). Unfortunately all of my experience in teaching is with young students, so I can not think of any higher level YA literature to connect. However, I Love Saturdays y Domingos is a good children's book, as well as Too Many Tamales. The book read in class about the fire in the apartment building would also be a great pairing!
4. Delicious Language
" But my mother's hair, my mother's hair, like little rosettes, like little candy circles all curly and pretty because she pinned it in pin curls all day, sweet to put your nose into when she is holding you, holding you and you feel safe, is the warm smell of bread before you bake it, is the smell when she makes room for you on her side of the bed still warm with her skin, and you sleep near her, the rain outside falling and Papa snoring. The snoring, the rain, and Mama's hair that smells like bread." ”
“Not my favorite, but certainly an interesting read. I loved being inside the narrator's head -- being the narrator; experiencing her life. This book captured emotion and trial from the stand point of a little girl very well. ”Talia wrote this review 6 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The novel, "The House on Mango Street" written by Sandra Cisneros wrote about a young girl's life, Esperanza, who is growing up moving around to different houses. Her family finally moves to a house on Mango Street where they don't have to pay rent to anyone or sharing anything. It's all theirs. Now Esperanza needs to learn how to live somewhere new, again, with new other neighbors. Esperanza and her family deal with many things through this journey. ”Ruby Rodriguez wrote this review 7 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ The realistic fiction book "The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros deals with a young girl named Esperanza who lives in a hispanic community. Esperanza lives on a house on Mango street which is not a very pretty house. Her conflict is she does not really like the house eventhough it is an improvement from her old houses.Esperanza talks about her old house and how the people around the area were like. She also talks about all the people around her new house and how she lives everyday life in the neighborhood.
Esperanza Cordero: A young girl living in a poor hispanic neighborhood and is also the narrorator.
Kiki: Esperanza's little brother.
Carlos: Esperanza's older brother who acts tough like a man.
Rafaela: Esperanza's older sister who is in an abusive marriage.”
“I think that this book was really crazy and actually pretty sad. It was hard to see esperanza go through all the tough times in her life, like when she got raped at the carnival and when the old man forced her to kiss him. This book also made me realize that normal people can be living in poverty and stress even though they don't show it or deny the truth.
Sally; gets beaten by her father regularly
Minerva: Has two children and gets beaten by her husband
Alicia; Her mom died and makes tortillas for the family every morning”
“Significant word: Sky”wKeith wrote this review 13 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved the way Cisneros portrayed Esperanza and her changing life.”Donna wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I did not like this book. It was strange in the way that the vignettes were organized. It was also very opinionated, and was just not a good book in my opinion. ”Madeleine wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No