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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 Muñoz Ryan (2000)


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This is a great multicultural book that would be a great book to have in your library for students who may be refugees, immigrants or even students who maybe move around a lot. This is a good book for these types of students to relate to since it follows a girl named Esperanza who immigrates from Mexico to America after her father's death. This would also be a good resource to use to teach about the Mexican culture. ( )
  A_Whitney | Apr 24, 2017 |
Summary: This book is about a girl named Esperanza who lives on a ranch that her father owns in Mexico. When her father dies, Esperanza and her mother must travel to America to start a new life. This transition is hard for Esperanza because she has never known what it is like to have to work for a living and has never experienced not having money. When she gets to America, she learns to do basic chores and learns about what hard work is as many challenges arise.
Genre: This book would be considered realistic fiction because the events that happen in this story could really happen to someone in real life. The events and story are present day issues that people go through.
Medium: Novel
Age Appropriateness: Intermediate and Middle school.
Use in a classroom: This book is a great book to use when teaching students about Mexican immigrants and the Mexican culture. You can use this book to teach students about different perspectives or could use it as a resource in a Mexico study. This book also has great vocabulary and uses descriptive speech. You could use this book to teach students the different parts of speech.
  rbrock15 | Apr 13, 2017 |
It is a multicultural novel. The book is easy to read and the plot of the story is like a rollercoaster. It tells us a story about a rich girl become a poor girl. Esperanza is a privileged wealthy girl. But after her father was killed, her life has big change. she and her mama escape to California where they adjust to life as peasants and migrant workers during the Great Depression. Esperanza also does a lot of growing up because of missing her grandmother who doesn't get to come along with them when they leave Mexico, and because of her mother's illness. She has to do a lot of growing up fast. Finally, she learned how to change and realize to change yourself is indeed when life is changing.
This book is sometimes sweet, sometimes heartbreaking, but always inspirational.The characterization is lovely; they are well rounded with realistic concerns and struggles. ( )
  JCHEN16 | Apr 10, 2017 |
Genre: Multicultural Realistic Fiction
Summary: This book was about a little girl named Esperanza who lived on a wealthy ranch in Mexico. One day her father gets killed and her whole life falls apart. Esperanza and her mother have to move to California and work as farm workers, something they would have never done before. Esperanza saves money to have her grandmother come join them in California, but the money gets stolen by Esperanza's friend. This is a multicultural realistic fiction book because this type of thing actually could have happened during this time period. The story was from the perspective of a Hispanic little girl and what she had to go though.
Use in classroom: This book could be used to discuss different historic times. If you have Hispanic students, then they would also connect well with the culture aspect of the book.
Age Appropriateness: Intermediate ( )
  mdalbeck15 | Apr 9, 2017 |
This book describes the adventures of a girl who moves from her life of luxury in Mexico on el Rancho de la Rosas to a migrant workers camp in California. Esperanza adapts to her new home and her new friends and family teach her how to do chores and work. She goes from being a spoiled child to a caring and hard worker. When a dust storm hits, her mother acquires Valley Fever and has to spend months in a local hospital, leaving Esperanza to face hard work and her new environment on her own. Her best friend Miguel loses his mechanic job and takes her money and runs away without telling anyone. At the same time, there are labor strikes happening at the camp and people are getting into fights and getting deported. She feels hopeless and misses her old life before she had to work in the heat and take care of the kids while the grown up's work. He brings back Esperanza's grandmother from Mexico and after her mother gets out of the hospital, their family is together and Esperanza finds happiness again. This book is a juvenile fantasy novel but has historical elements and is based loosly off of a real story. ( )
  hdalesky15 | Apr 8, 2017 |
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This book is about a young girl who has the perfect life. One day, her world gets turned upside down when her father tragically gets murdered and the family can no longer live the luxurious life. Esperanza and her mom decide to flee to the United States for a better life as migrant workers. Esperanza has to learn how to cope with the trials she has to endure in order to survive. This book is ideal for children in the fifth and sixth grade. It can teach children about the great depression era in a history lesson and about the culture of migrant workers. It can also be used in ELA classrooms to teach about the different writing elements.

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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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Esperanza grows up on a Mexican farm in a wealthy family. When her father is killed, she and her mother lose everything and must migrate to the US. There she must work and live as a poor immigrant. Finally, at the end, she and her family are reunited with her grandmother, who had to stay in Mexico due to injury.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 043912042X, Paperback)

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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