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The House on Mango Street (original 1984; edition 1991)

by Sandra Cisneros

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Title:The House on Mango Street
Authors:Sandra Cisneros (Author)
Info:Vintage Contemporaries (1991), Paperback, 110 pages
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I love this collection of short stories. Students can relate to the writing style and topics that Cisneros covers. Great way to get students to write their own memoirs. ( )
  Lynchd | Jul 20, 2015 |
This is a great book about a Mexican-American girl coming of age. She is growing up in poverty and comes to realize she wants more for herself. She sees others around her making poor choices and just settling for a life of poverty. Esperanza wants more for herself and dreams about another type of life. The book is made up of chapters that could be read as short stories, yet together make up a sweet, sad, and inspiring novel.
  PikeH | Jun 29, 2015 |
This realistic fiction book written in first person tells the story of a girl's life and experiences living in a poverty, yet in a rich culture that she comes to appreciate as the story continues.
  BLaForce1996 | Apr 27, 2015 |
This is a multicultural book about a young girl and all of her experiences she has had while growing up on mango street. ( )
  kfrost32 | Apr 21, 2015 |
The Two-Word Strategy Formal Review:
Word 1: Home
Word 2: Progression

I chose these words because throughout the story Esperanza's journal entries grow in depth. In the beginning her journal entries are rather surface level, talking about shoes and other similar topics, but later in the story her entries describe more explicit scenes of her being forced to kiss and older man and a sexual scene. I also chose the word home because Esperanza is seeking to understand the meaning of home to her throughout the story; whether it is physical or within herself. At the end of the story she leaves her physical home on Mango street but realizes that her memories there will never leave her. ( )
  Ebarclift13 | Apr 21, 2015 |
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A las Mujeres
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We didn't alway live on Mango Street.
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Told in a series of vibrant vignettes, this is the story of Esperanza Cordera, a girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, in a neighborhood that is neither pretty nor easy. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, this is a moving story of a young girl attempting to rise above the hopelessness around her.
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Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero.

Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous – it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.

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For Esperanza, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, life is an endless landscape of concrete and run-down tenements, and she tries to rise above the hopelessness.

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