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Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Esperanza Rising (original 2000; edition 2002)

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Title:Esperanza Rising
Authors:Pam Munoz Ryan
Other authors:Pam Munoz Ryan
Info:Scholastic (2002), Paperback, 262 pages
Collections:TED 255
Tags:Immigration, Family, Loss

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Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan (2000)


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Esperanza Rising, written my Pam Munoz Ryan, is a story about a young girl whose life completely changes after the death of her father. Esperanza grew up very wealthy and lived with her family on their ranch in Mexico, El Rancho de las Rosas. Esperanza had a wonderful life and was very close with her family and their servants. On the day before her birthday, Esperanza’s father was been ambushed and killed while fixing a fence on their property. Everyone was devastated about Papa’s death, but his step-brothers tried to use his death to their advantage. One of his brothers tried to convince Esperanza’s mother to marry him, but when she said no he burned their house to the ground. Esperanza’s mother and her grandmother knew that they could not stay in Mexico and be at the mercy of her uncle, so they decided to flee to California with their closest servants. Over the course of the next year Esperanza faces many trials and tribulations, but she adapts to her surroundings and becomes very dynamic. This is a story about struggle and perseverance. Esperanza goes through so much, but comes out on the other side. ( )
  EmilyDrennan | Apr 26, 2015 |
Esperanza is a rich little spoiled girl. She thinks of herself as a princess. All that changes when her father is killed. Her family's ranch is burned down and she and her mother migrate to California to start a new life. There, Esperanza is forced to learn how to work in the fields and how to live with the little she has. This story teaches us to have hope. Recommended for grades 5-8 ( )
  ccanizales | Apr 23, 2015 |
I really enjoyed this book. A really good book for young readers from 4th to 5th grades. It has a great story with many valuable lessons that kids can learn from. Esperanza come from a well off family in Mexico. She grew up very fortunate compares to many other children in her country. Her life make an unexpected turn when her father was killed and everything they had was taking away. Esperanza and her mother was forced to leave everything behind and move to America. In California, like many other immigrants, she had to work in labor camps in order to make a living. She had to learn to take care of herself and her mother. ( )
  tramtran | Apr 21, 2015 |
In my opinion this is a great book that describes the struggles that immigrant families had to go through in the past. This is a story of a girl named Esperanza and the loss her and her family had to face. Her father was killed and everything was taken away from her and her family, the only hope they had left was to start a new life in America. The character, Esperanza, is very relatable to readers because she is dealing with the loss of a family member and the loss of her social class which is something she struggles with throughout the story and feels embarrassed about. The story is well written and paced throughout, and the plot is also well organized keeping the readers on their toes. This book pushes readers to think about the hardships that people go through, especially immigrants who are coming to America. It teaches readers to not judge someone before getting to know them and knowing their background of their story. The big idea of this book is that with hard work and hope, you can accomplish anything. Esperanza learns this after she is left with almost nothing and has to work to keep her family going. She learns to appreciate her family more and less of the materialistic things in life that she would have chosen in the beginning of the story before losing everything. ( )
  agassa1 | Apr 20, 2015 |
7. The book written by Pam Munoz Ryan called, “Esperanza Rising,” is about a rich girl who loses her father and their ranch and must immigrate to find jobs in the United States. She goes from rags to riches. The message that I got from this book was responsibility, determination, and finding a way to rise above difficult circumstances. The plot is intensely suspenseful in which Mexican immigrants of family and servants struggle for freedom. I loved this book. The language lures in the reader to completely understand and feel the message of the story. The descriptive language clearly portrays what it is like in their shoes. For example, a quote pulled from the text read, “The rich person is richer when he becomes poor, than the poor person when he becomes rich.” It truly makes the reader think about tough issues that are happening presently. I like how the story is told in first person and third person because it made me feel like I was another character following them throughout the story. Though there weren’t any illustrations, the writing and language created a clear image of the chapter book. I like how the chapter book’s theme is meaningful to that time period. The chapter book reflected the Mexican revolution when it was a time of political and social unrest. If I could, I would read this book all over again.
  kacieforest | Apr 19, 2015 |
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Aquel que hoy se cae, se levantará mañana.
He who falls today may rise tomorrow.

Es más rico el rico cuando empobrece que el pobre cuando enriquece.
The rich person is richer when he becomes poor, than the poor person when he becomes rich.

- Mexican proverbs
To the memory of Esperana Ortega Muñoz Hernandez Elgart, mi abuelita.

Baskets of grapes to my editor, Tracy Mack, for patiently waiting for fruit to fall.

Roses to Ozella Bell, Jess Marquez, Don Bell, and Hope Muñoz Bell for sharing their stories.

Smooth stones and yarn dolls to Ibabel Schon, PhD., and Leticia Guadarrama, Teresa Mlawerr, and Macarena Salas for their expertise and assistance.
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"Our land is alive, Esperanza," said Papa, taking her small hand as they walked through the gentle slopes of the vineyard.
Did you know that when you lie down on the land, you can feel it breathe? That you can feel it's heart beating?
"We are like the phoenix," said Abuelita. "Rising again, with a new life ahead of us."
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Curriculum Connection:  3rd Grade Social Studies Std. 1 History:

Concepts and skills students master:2. People in the past influence the development and interaction of different communities or regions
d.  Describe the history, interaction, and contribution of the various peoples and cultures that have lived in or migrated to a community or region (DOK 1-2)
Esperanza believed her life would be wonderful forever. She would always live on her family's ranch in Mexico. She would always have fancy dresses and a beautiful home filled with servants. Papa and Abuelita would always be with her.
But a sudden tragedy shatters her world and forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California, where they settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Experanza isn't ready for the hard labor, finanacial struggles brought on by the Great Depression., and 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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A reissue of Pam Munoz Ryan's bestselling backlist with a distinctive new author treatment.

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 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. Esperanza isn't ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances--Mama's life, and her own, depend on it.

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Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go 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.… (more)

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