“This book is about Cesar Chavez. It tells of his childhood and when his family lived in Mexico. How disappointed he was when they had to move to the states. It tells of how unfairly his family was treated when they worked for farmers. When Chavez grew up he decided he wanted to change that. He...”see full review » see other reviews »
“By Kathleen Krull. The life and times of Cesar Chavez, and how he worked hard to get the National Farmworkers recognized by the U.S. government, and got better pay and better working conditions.
Interest level: 3-5
“Biography # 1 - Cesar Chavez was born in Arizona and his family had a nice ranch they worked until a drought in 1937 forced them to move to California and work in the fruit and vegetable fields. Chavez led the first successful agricultural strike in the U.S. to get better working conditions for the people. ”Lindy wrote this review Saturday, June 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Summary: Cesar Chavez was ten years old when the drought of Arizona forced his family west to become working travelers. In California they worked from farm to farm, with no place to call home. They were considered modern slaves. He was mocked at schools ( all 35 different ones he attended) and dropped out after 8th grade. After he grew older and realized his fate, and the fate of many mexicans, was nothing but a life full of despair and long work days, he started 'la Causa' the Cause. He traveled all over California asking for mistreated workers to strike their farms and vineyeards. He founded the NFWA ( national farm workers association) in Fresno and in 1965 did a march from delano to Sacremento. He eventually won the governments favor to have better wages, healthcare, and rights for his people and he died in 1993.
Response: I loved this story because it was not your typical civil rights story. It talked about an impactful man I had never heard of! I loved his mothers words, that you win with words and thinking, not violence
Ideas: I would use this in therapy to teach children with behavioral problems that fighting does not always mean violence, and that fighting is not always the answer”
“ Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull is a 4.8 grade level equivalent biography according to bookwizard.scholastic.com/tbw/homepage.do and will be a supplementary book for our sixth grade novel study that will enrich our understanding of the brutal in inhumane living conditions that migrant farmworkers faced. This book has earned the The Pura Belpré Award Nominee for Illustration (2004) .
Harvesting Hope is a biography about Cesar Chavez beginning at the age of 10. During his life, Cesar Chavez became known for his peaceful protests against the living and working conditions faced by the migrant workers. His social justice efforts greatly improved those conditions for many migrant workers of all walks of life. I would also incorporate the PBS website that has links to a timeline, biography, and rich photographs about his life (http://www.pbs.org/itvs/fightfields/).”
“This book is about Cesar Chavez. It tells of his childhood and when his family lived in Mexico. How disappointed he was when they had to move to the states. It tells of how unfairly his family was treated when they worked for farmers. When Chavez grew up he decided he wanted to change that. He worked hard to put together the United Farm Workers and faced many obstacles. Eventually the farm workers strike and decided to march all the way to the capitol. They marched to D.C and finally received the pay the deserved. This book was well illustrated and well written. I enjoyed reading it and learning more about Cesar Chavez. This would be a great book to read to the kids when studying history. They could write about what they would've done in that situation.”Lilly Muhlenbruch wrote this review Thursday, March 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Cesar Chavez passion for civil rights began when he was torn from his family ranch at age ten. His family moved to California and began working on other peoples farms. When he was younger he did not like working on someone elses farm and he did not have a good place to play with his brother. In school he had to speak English and was taunted for only speaking Spanish. As he got older, he recognized deeper problems. The workers were treated poorly. Anyone who complained was beaten and some people were actually killed. The wages were not worth the work, but they had no where else to go. People would come to the farm to talk about the workers rights, but the workers didn't usually have anything to do with those people. They didn't feel like they could understand. Cesar began to talk to the people who came and eventually he founded the National Farm Workers Association. Cesar always protested in a nonviolent manner. His mother had taught him from a young age that minds and mouths were better for fixing problems. Chavez organized a march to protest the horrible working conditions. They would march all the way to Sacramento. When the ten-thousand strong marching group finally got to the capital, it was announced that Chavez had signed the first contract for the association. They had been recognized and had made the first step in the journey of settling farm workers rights.
I liked this book because it gives so much opportunity to teach kids about life-long skills. How should you treat people who are different from you? What different kinds of culture are there? What was different between people back in the early 1900s? All of these questions are addressed in this book! This book is non-fiction but is reads like a story which is great for younger readers! ”
“1. Awards: none
2. This book is appropriate for children
3. Summary: This is a book about Cesar Chavez’s life. It goes through his life as a child with his family and school. He and his family had to move because there was a drought and they couldn’t make crops and without crops they couldn’t make money. They left for California. They became migrants. He worked with his family every day. He began to hate school because he was discriminated. He dropped out after eighth grade to work full time. One day, he began observing outsiders and thought that maybe there was hope. He decided to dedicate himself to fight for change. People trusted him. He was fighting for justice. He started a rebellion and he and thousand other workers went on strike. He organized a long march. Supporters would help them along the way. The National Farm Workers Association promised a contract with a pay raise and better conditions. Cesar Chavez signed the contract. They had a huge parade and everyone celebrated.
Review: This is a good book for children because it introduced history to them. They learn about Cesar Chavez, who they probably don’t know but they learn of his battle. He fought and fought for what he believed in and with hard work and dedication and help from others he finally won his battle. It teaches children to keep fighting for what they believe in and never give up. The illustrations are wonderful too. The colors are bright a vibrant.
4. Uses in the classroom: -read aloud
-history lesson on Cesar Chavez
-teach children to fight for what they believe
-teach children that they too can create change.
“Biography”Laura Gubelman wrote this review Tuesday, June 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The stunning illustrations are what first drew me to this biography of Cesar Chavez and I'm so glad that they did! I learned so much about the plight of migrant farmworkers and how Cesar Chavez so bravely worked to unite people for change.
Background Knowledge: migrant farm working, situation today, other information on Cesar CHavez
Book Pairings: Esperanza Rising, That's Not Fair, biographies”